We want to be remembered as the generation who gave back and secured the GI Bill into the next century. We seek a lifetime GI Bill for future generations of veterans that is protected from cuts by Congress. Student Veterans of America and a coalition of partners will advocate for this expansion and protection. Download our factsheet to learn more.
Establish a modern GI Bill that is protected by cuts from Congress and serves all veterans equally.
End the arbitrary time limit of 15 years to use the GI Bill so that it truly becomes a lifetime benefit that can be used at any age after you separate from the military.
Expand the GI Bill to provide full benefits to those left behind including, Purple Heart recipients, National Guard and Reserve Members, and survivors of the fallen.
Empower those seeking a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) degree by providing additional time to use the GI Bill so that business and industry leaders have a larger talent pool of student veterans to recruit.
It was an honor to deploy to Fallujah in 2006 and take part in the mission, which I still believe in after all these years. Coming home and continuing my education was; however, not what I expected. My active duty days were counted as points towards education, regardless of the days I was shot at, and had bombs explode underneath me. And given my Purple Heart, the obsession with days accrued versus deeds done, and blood spilled, is truthfully criminal.
Jonathan Richard Goldman
Marine Reservist, Purple Heart Recipient
Joining the Navy was my only opportunity to earn a debt-free education. It’s discouraging that because I chose to pursue a degree in a high-demand STEM field that I still had to incur the financial burden of student loans. 5+ years is the norm for STEM majors. I didn’t know anyone in my field who graduated in 4 years. Veterans have proven to be a critical talent pool for STEM industries, inarguably the future for the American economy. It’s critical that we pass the STEM Extension Act so that the promise of an education can be fulfilled for future student veterans pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math.
Fontaine Wilson, Navy Veteran
Studied Petroleum Engineering at University of Houston
Encouraging (and funding) veterans with an interest in education, as H.R. 3218 does, will both ensure these veterans succeed in their own readjustment, and more importantly, ensure the next generations of Americans are exposed to veterans as teachers during their formative years. The public respect from this exposure will hopefully allow to ensure veterans who gave much are neither neglected nor cast aside by the same democracy they volunteered to support and defend.
Adam M. Behrendt, Navy Veteran
Studies Math at Standford University
OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
H.R. 1216, Protecting Veterans From School Closures Act of 2017 protects student veterans when their institutions of higher education fail by restoring their lost benefits. Currently veterans are the only student population that does not receive relief in a scenario like this. Every single day that passes is another setback to success in higher education for those who have already faced undue hardship due to the negligent business practices of some colleges and universities.
H.R. 1379, “To amend title 38…” for Purple Heart recipients, GI Bill eligibility would recognize the sacrifice of men and women who have served our country with dignity, sustaining battlefield injuries. Currently, only veterans who either served at least 36 months on active duty or are medically retired receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at the 100 percent rate, excluding nearly 3,000 Purple Heart recipients over the next ten years who may not meet these administrative requirements. This penalizes men and women who were wounded before they could reach the full term of their contract to receive GI Bill eligibility.
H.R. 1384, Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act recognizes the service of all National Guard and Reserve Members by ensuring that an order to serve on active duty under sections 12304a and 12304b of title 10, United States Code, is treated the same as other orders to serve on active duty for determining the benefits eligibility of service members and veterans.
H.R. 2103, Julian Woods Yellow Ribbon Expansion Act extends the Yellow Ribbon Program benefits to recipients of the Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows veterans to attend participating private institutes of higher education by having VA and the IHL split the remaining cost to attend. The Fry Scholarship provides GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouse of a service member who died in the line of duty, and we believe that should include access to the Yellow Ribbon Program.
RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE
The Senate signed off Wednesday on a sweeping expansion of GI Bill education benefits, sending the bipartisan legislation dubbed the "Forever GI Bill" to President Donald Trump’s desk....read more.
Plan to Overhaul GI Bill Moves Through House, On To Senate
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017 — colloquially known as the “Forever GI Bill” — would make significant changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill....read more.
A GI Bill For The 21st Century
App developer, robotics technician, digital animator and advanced manufacturer — what do all of these careers have in common? They didn’t exist 73 years ago when the GI Bill was signed into law....read more.
OTHER LEGISLATIVE OBJECTIVES:
• DRAFT – Lifetime GI Bill Act
• H.R. 43 – “Long-Distance Independent Study”
• H.R. 245 - Veterans' Education Equity Act
• H.R. 1104 – Veterans TEST Accessibility Act
• H.R. 1112 – “Shauna Hill Transferability Act”
• H.R. 1216 – Protecting Veterans From School Closures Act of 2017
• H.R. 1331 – Veterans Success on Campus Act
• H.R. 1384 – “Reserve Benefits Parity Act”
• H.R. 1793 – “Priority Enrollment Act”
• H.R. 1956 – “Families of the Fallen Act”
• H.R. 1989 – VET TEC Act
• H.R. 1994 – VETERAN Act
• H.R. 2099 – GI Bill Fairness Act of 2017
• H.R. 2100 – “Work-Study Act”
• H.R. 2103 – “Yellow Ribbon Expansion Act”
• H.R. 2108 – GI Bill STEM Extension Act
• H.R. 2257 – Reservist Eligibility Tiers
• DRAFT – GI Bill Processing Improvement Act
#FOREVERGIBILL COALITION PARTNERS:
Air Force Association
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers American Association of Community Colleges
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Council on Education
American Logistics Association
American Military Retirees Association
American Military Society
American Retirees Association
Armed Forces Marketing Council
Association of American Colleges & Universities
Association of American Universities
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Association of the United States Navy
Blue Star Families
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association
Coast Guard Enlisted Association
Concerned Veterans for America
Disabled American Veterans
Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States
Got Your 6
Higher Ed, Not Debt
Higher Ground Veterans Advocacy
Ivy League Student Veterans Council
Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Military Child Ed Coalition
Military Officers Association of America
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Military Order of the World Wars
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
National Association of Veterans' Program Administrators
National Guard Association of the U.S.
National Guard Association of the United States
National Military Family Association
National State Approving Agencies Association of America
Non Commissioned Officers Association
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Reserve Officers Association
Service Year Alliance
Society of Military Widows
Square Deal for Veterans
STEM Education Coalition
Student Veterans of America
Swords to Plowshares
The Flag & General Officers Network
The Retired Enlisted Association
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Travis Manion Foundation
Veterans Education Success
Veterans for Common Sense
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vietnam Veterans of America
Wounded Warrior Project