Veterans & Service Members

AACRAO recognizes and honors the sacrifices these men and women have made and its members are proud to assist them and meet their educational needs. Veterans and students on active military duty and their families face special circumstances and challenges.

Changes in federal statute and executive actions have greatly promoted the expansion of services toward veterans and their families. Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was passed in 2009, close to 1 million veterans, service members, and eligible dependents have taken advantage of the educational benefits available to them. With the passage of more recent legislation, such as the Forever GI Bill in 2017 and the Isakson Roe and THRIVE Acts in 2021, there will be significant changes to military education benefits over the coming years.


Latest Actions

AACRAO recently hosted a webinar to discuss the implementation of veteran legislation passed in December 2020, also known as the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act. This law will have a transformative effect on the mission of Education Service to provide ready access to, and timely and accurate delivery of, education benefits to Veterans, Service members, and their families, as well as further enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to empower GI Bill beneficiaries to achieve their vocational and career goals.

Other recent legislation introduced in both the House and Senate include important provisions to help ensure veterans can continue to receive their education benefits as well as technical corrections to the legislation passed last year.


Advocacy Groups Urge Veterans Affairs to Increase Oversight over GI Benefits

Feb 28, 2019, 13:05 PM
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Summary : Veterans groups raise concerns over a recent audit that estimated the department will waste $2.3 billion in the next five years by making improper GI Bill payments.
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Thirty-six advocacy groups sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) calling for increased oversight of programs approved for GI benefits, reports Education Dive.

The veterans groups raised concerns over an audit by the VA Office of Inspector General that estimated the department will waste $2.3 billion in the next five years by making improper GI Bill payments, including to colleges with potentially fraudulent practices, Education Dive reported.

The letter called attention to Career Education Corporation, a for-profit that has been accused of misleading students and receiving improper payments. According to the letter, Career Education has the third highest number of veteran complaints against it at the VA.

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Education Dive

Heather Zimar
Categories :
  • Advocacy
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
Tags :
  • Federal relations
  • for-profit colleges
  • fraud
  • gi bill
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