VFW Lauds Unanimous House Passage of Forever GI Bill

National VFW - 8/4/2017

On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives showed unquestionable, bipartisan commitment to America's student veterans by voting 405-0 to pass H.R 3218, known as the Forever GI Bill. The VFW salutes the House for their unanimous support to improve veterans’ educational benefits. The vote proves that no matter the political party or ideology, our elected officials are taking care of those who have worn our country's uniform. Strongly supported by the VFW and a coalition of veterans organizations, including VFW’s strategic partner, Student Veterans of America, H.R. 3218 addresses current gaps in Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility and coverage. It ensures more veterans and their surviving family members have an opportunity to pursue their educational goals, such as Purple Heart recipients who do not have the requisite three years of active service; veterans attending schools that close abruptly through no fault of the veterans; and thousands of involuntarily activated National Guardsmen and Reservists. It also eliminates the 15-year, use-or-lose limitation, which means veterans truly have a lifetime to use their GI Bill. The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee advanced its version of H.R. 3218. The bill now awaits consideration by the full Senate. The VFW urges its members and supporters to contact their Senators and ask them to pass this vital legislation. Contact your Senator.

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