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Why the time is right to improve the Post-9/11 GI Bill
Student Veterans of America | March 29, 2017
Written By: Mr. Will Hubbard, Vice President for Government Affairs
You may have noticed us using #ForeverGIBill as we feature stories about GI Bill® students and their academic success in college. That's intentional, because there's no better time than the present to improve an education benefit program and secure its future while we see it working so well.
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.
All signs point to an education benefit program that will have a positive return on investment for decades. But what if we could guarantee such a result with a few legislative improvements to the GI Bill? There have been six different versions of the GI Bill since 1944, but the latest impressive return on investment has led us to think about the GI Bill a little differently.
We believe it is finally time that our country begins to see higher education opportunities as a social contract of service; that those who serve in our nation's cloth, regardless of wartime standing or era, should have the opportunity to pursue a better life through the transformative power of education.
We're seeking to establish one GI Bill for all future veterans as a consolidated and refined program that will persevere though military conflicts and multiple generations. It's time to stop playing defense on senseless GI Bill cuts, and instead go on the offense with our proposed expansion, #ForeverGIBill.