The G I Bill

When I left the US Army in 1971 I wanted to use my GI Bill benefits for my education….the only thing that I ever asked of my country for my service…..I got the education I wanted and think that all service people should have a good GI Bill.

The Trump admin has signed into law a new GI Bill…..

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law an updated veterans’ education bill that marks the largest expansion of college assistance for military veterans in a decade.

The Forever GI Act immediately removed a 15-year time limit on the use of GI benefits. The measure also increases financial assistance for thousands serving in the National Guard and Reserve, building on a 2008 law that guaranteed veterans a full-ride scholarship to any in-state public university, or a similar cash amount to attend private colleges.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who joined Trump for the signing, said the new law also provides benefits to Purple Heart recipients whose injuries forced them to leave the service. Benefits can also now be transferred to the eligible dependent of service members who are killed in the line of duty.

Veterans would get additional payments for completing science, technology and engineering courses, part of a broad effort to better prepare veterans for life after active-duty service amid a fast-changing job market. The law also restores benefits if a college closes in the middle of the semester, a protection that was added after thousands of veterans were hurt by the collapse of for-profit college giant ITT Technical Institute and Corinthian Colleges.

“This is expanding our ability to support our veterans in getting education,” Shulkin told reporters at a briefing after Trump signed the measure at his New Jersey golf club upon returning there after two nights at his home at New York’s Trump Tower. Journalists were not permitted to watch Trump sign the bill, as the White House has done for earlier veterans’ legislation he has turned into law. That includes a measure Trump signed at the club Saturday to provide nearly $4 billion in emergency funding for a temporary veterans health care program.

Glad to see that the troops are still foremost on the minds of our government….

It falls short of what I wanted to see…..the first four years of a public college would be free as long as a C+ average was maintained.  I believe that is a small price to pay for what we ask our troops to accomplish.

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4 thoughts on “The G I Bill

  1. Nice to read something positive is being done for those who served in the military. We do not have anything similar here, though soldiers leaving the forces do qualify for training in a new career. My godson left the Blues and Royals, and retrained as a crane operator, free of charge. He was married to an American he met when she was a tourist in London, and they later moved to Boston, where he now works on cranes.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Do they have to be White, Straight, Christian, etc?

    I left the Army in late December of 1969 after four and a half years, and two tours in RVN. My total Monthly VA Benefit was $144.00. Luckily, I had saved quite a bit–since I had little opportunity to spend it–and, sleeping in tents, impromptu “hooches”, and one night, out in the open–in a field that was also a cemetery.

    Luckily, none of the guys asked what those eight or ten mounds were all about. Otherwise, we would have been up all night!

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