Game-changing lifetime GI Bill is now one big step closer to reality
The GI Bill was this week unanimously approved in the House of Representatives; now it heads to the Senate(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson) Lance Cpl. Daniel Morningstar, a Durham, North Carolina native and rifleman with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, is dragged from underneath a booby trap at the “Pit and Pond” obstacle during the endurance course, aboard Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, July 7, 2017.
The U.S. Senate is expected to soon vote on the newly updated GI Bill that would expand access to higher education for veterans.
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, as the bill is called, expands access to higher education for veterans who become eligible for benefits next year, to wounded veterans and to surviving family members of troops killed in combat.
Additionally, there would be no more 15-year-cap to “use it or lose it” on tuition funding; rather, veterans would be able to access their benefits at any time.
The bill “would also open up qualifications for tuition assistance to more reservists who deploy on active duty, to Purple Heart recipients no matter the amount of time they served and also to surviving family members of veterans who die in the line of duty,” the Washington Post reported.
The bill passed in the House with a vote of 405 to 0, with 28 representatives not voting.