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#ForeverGIBill FAQ's
Student Veterans of America | July 20, 2017

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As the #ForeverGIBill continues to gain traction and move forward through Congress, we have been receiving questions and wanted to take the opportunity to bring some clarity about the bill. Below are our answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Does taking away the 15 year limit apply to all veterans?

 

The termination of the 15 year delimiting date applies to those who were discharged on or after Jan 1, 2013. While we wish this provision in the current legislation would apply to all veterans, the cost was beyond the reach of current resources. Our commitment to ensuring future generations have the best benefit possible includes removing this cap for those individuals. 

Chapter Leadership Academy to Promote Collaboration and Shared Planning
Student Veterans of America | July 17, 2017

Written By: Mr. Eric Gage, Director of Programs

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Over the past two years I have enjoyed teaching the best and brightest student veteran leaders in developing their student veteran organization thorough our Leadership Summit Series. Today, I'm more excited about what we're going to do next. Traditionally, the Leadership Summit Series was offered in-person in regional locations across the country. But, in an effort to empower a larger number of student veterans, I am very excited to continue teaching this curriculum – and more – through Student Veteran of America's Chapter Leadership Academy.

With the end of the school year approaching, many student veteran leaders struggle with building their chapter's plan for the following school year. Some chapter leaders and officers are new to their positions, and may not know exactly what they have volunteered for. Even experienced chapter leaders know the intense level of involvement necessary for proper chapter planning. As veterans, we know the key to success is training and planning. I have always enjoyed seeing the fire lit within student veterans who want to develop a student veteran organization that will leave their campus better than they found it. We're going to do that with the Chapter Leadership Academy.

How Will Congress Pay for #ForeverGIBill?
Student Veterans of America | July 17, 2017

Written By: Mr. Will Hubbard, Vice President of Government Affairs

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In receiving several questions regarding the pay-for covering HR 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the #ForeverGIBill, we'd like to take the opportunity to provide some insight.

In the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Congress exempted VA from the changes to BAH. The rate was rising so quickly, that it would experience unsustainable growth over time. To manage these costs, the legislation slowed the growth rate for DoD, but not VA, creating a disparity between the active duty housing allowance and veterans housing allowance.

This legislation would bring the DoD and VA rates into alignment, also creating a slowed growth-rate for VA to mirror the current DoD rates. Importantly, this new rate was not a cut to individuals; it is simply not increasing as much as it had been. Month-to-month nobody would see less money in their housing allowance. For example, if you were receiving 1,200 for BAH one month, you would not see that amount go down to say 1,100—it would continue to rise, just not as rapidly.

Where Experience Meets Opportunity Story

Student Veterans of America | June 28, 2017

Written By: Blair Hite, Amazon Workforce Staffing Marketing Specialist, and Barrett Bogue, Student Veterans of America's Vice President of PR and Chapter Engagement


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Albert was born and raised in Texas. Despite not having strong mentors growing up, he joined the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and went to the finals in Pensacola, FL with the armed drill team before graduating high school. Two days after graduation, Albert enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After finishing his basic and combat training, Albert went to Basic Warehousing School in Camp Lejeune, NC. While there, he developed a strong work ethic and learned leadership principles that helped him advance his military career. Albert's proudest achievement was completing five months of combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he also managed an expeditionary warehouse for a Marine Corps unit of one-hundred Marines.

How Student Veterans of America and the GI Bill Set Me Up for Success
Student Veterans of America | June 28, 2017

Written By: Ms. Fontaine Wilson, Navy Veteran and Former SVA Chapter Leader

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I am a Post-9/11 veteran. I served six years in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). I was able to travel the world while completing 2 deployments to the Persian Gulf. While traveling has always been my passion, the real reason I joined the Navy was the opportunity to earn a college education without the debt. It would not have been possible without the Post 9/11 GI Bill and a supportive community backing me along the way.

  

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