Expanding the GI bill for veterans

Jul 16, 2017

On Thursday, all the members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Republicans and Democrats together, introduced legislation to modernize the GI Bill and increase educational opportunities for our veterans. The bill addresses a number of concerns brought to me by Marianas veterans:

  • Post-9/11 Reservists and Guardsmen, who were called to active duty under orders that did not allow for accrual of education benefits, would be made eligible for the GI bill.
  • The minimum benefit for veterans with less than 36 months of qualifying active service increases to 50 percent of the maximum amount payable.
  • Veterans who used their GI Bill benefits at a school that closed in the middle of a semester, retroactive to January 1, 2015, would regain their lost benefits.

The bill is expected to move through the House quickly with a legislative hearing set for July 17 and markup on July 19. The bill also extends new benefits to members of the National Guard and Reserve. My thanks to the leadership of Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tennessee) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-Minnesota) for working to improve the quality and accessibility of educational benefits earned by our veterans.