Wednesday, July 26, 2017

GI Bill Expansion Heads to Senate

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 quickly passed through the House Monday night, after being introduced by a bipartisan group of senators and congressmen. The “forever” GI Bill includes these provisions:

  • Veterans who become GI Bill-eligible after Jan. 1, 2018, would no longer have a 15-year “use it or lose it” time limit on their educational benefits;
  • Permanent name change to “GI Bill”;
  • Full benefits for all Purple Heart recipients;
  • Restores educational benefits for veterans whose for-profit schools shut down; and
  • Extends Yellow Ribbon eligibility to spouses and dependents of a GI Bill veteran who dies.
The Bill passed 405-0 and is expected to be passed by the Senate this week. It would then head to the White House. 

Read more about the Act here.

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