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
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
SVA Hosts Discussion at America Legion with Military and Veteran Service Organizations about the Future of the GI Bill
Student Veterans of America (SVA) along with over 35 veteran and military organizations completed a roundtable discussion today about the future of the GI Bill and pending legislation. Hosted by the American Legion, the organizations coalesced around a concept for lifetime GI Bill benefits for future service members and other improvements to the nation's most popular education benefit program for veterans...read more.
A GI Bill Serving Future Veterans Shouldn't Take a Lifetime to Implement
With the "indefinite postponement" of the House and Senate legislative hearing on the Forever GI Bill which would have benefitted thousands of veterans, it is important that you understand the consequences of this decision. The U.S. missed out on an enormous opportunity to give back to service members who have already given so much. While many are disappointed with this news, there is still hope as Student Veterans of America (SVA) continue to fight for an enduring GI Bill that will forever serve and benefit veterans...read more.
SVA Calls on Congress to Expand the GI Bill and Secure it for Future Generations
Since the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008, SVA has been working with a coalition of higher education and veteran organizations to improve the GI Bill for generations to come, including discussions that began in 2016 with the veteran community about a contribution component....read more.
VVA Calls for ‘Forever GI Bill’ that Can’t be Stolen from Veterans
“VVA's founding principle is never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America. He continued, “That’s why we’re fighting to see today’s GI Bill improved so that it doesn’t leave behind this generation’s most vulnerable...read more.
Why the time is right to improve the Post-9/11 GI Bill
Since the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) started paying benefits in 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill has served over a million veterans, with more than half of degree-earners graduating from business, STEM, or health-related programs. We know this and many other successful outcomes thanks to our groundbreaking NVEST research...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 Sergeants Association
American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Association of the U.S. Navy
Blue Star Families
Chief Warrant & Warrant Officers Association, USCG
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association & Enlisted Association
Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service
Concerned Veterans for America
Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States
Fleet Reserve Association
Got Your 6
High Ground Veterans Advocacy
Jewish War Veterans of the USA
Military Child Education Coalition
Military Order of the Purple Heart
The Mission Continues
National Association of State Approving Agencies
National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators
President, National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS)
National Military Family Association
Navy Mutual Aid Association
Non Commissioned Officers Association
Paralyzed Veterans of America
The Posse Foundation
Reserve Officers Association
The Retired Enlisted Association
Swords to Plowshares
Student Veterans of America
Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors
Travis Manion Foundation
Veterans Education Success
Veterans for Common Sense
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vietnam Veterans of America