12.14.10

Senate Improves Veterans’ Education Benefits

Washington, D.C. - Last night, the Senate unanimously approved S. 3447, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010. This legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), makes critical improvements to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

"I'm pleased that the Senate was able to come together to agree on a bill that makes the Post-9/11 GI Bill work better for military personnel, veterans and their families," Senator Burr said. "This bill will help servicemembers transition to civilian life and excel just as they did while serving in the military."

This legislation provides eligibility for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to certain Guard members who were inadvertently left out and allows active duty servicemembers to receive a stipend for books and supplies. It also allows soldiers to use Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for on-the-job and vocational training and those using on-line training may receive a housing stipend. Additionally, it corrects inequities in tuition payments that currently vary from state to state. To learn more about the measures included in this bill, please click here.