Military.com’s Bryant Jordan recently reported that vets groups like the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and VFW fear that the current budget issues facing congress could result in cuts to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
According to the article, Joe Davis, spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, is already seeing evidence that Congress and the Pentagon are eager to chip away at the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Recent news about rumored cuts in military tuition assistance, a possible freeze military pay, proposals that would realign military commissaries and exchanges, increase healthcare fees to retirees on TRICARE and recommendations to end the military’s 20-year retirement program.
I suggest that veterans and servicemembers apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill as soon as possible, that includes applying to transfer education benefits to dependents. This may serve to lock-in your benefits. In most cases, changes in GI Bill benefits are grandfathered for currently enrolled veterans.
Read ‘Vets Worry About the Future of the New GI Bill’ to get the whole story.