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.


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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.


Army IgnitED Will Not Fully Operate Until Late 2023

Apr 14, 2022, 12:38 PM
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Summary : According to a recent report submitted to Congress, the Army also still owes money to educational institutions and soldiers.
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The troubled Army IgnitEd platform will not be fully operational until late 2023, according to a recent report submitted to Congress, The Army Times reported. 

Issues with the new program for administering education benefits frustrated soldiers and campus officials alike, and led to a chaotic scramble to manually process education benefits where the Army initiated an exception-to-policy program that essentially asked institutions to be patient and wait for the Army to pay them.

Earlier this year, Congress ordered the Army to provide an update on the system's faltering rollout. Army Times reviewed a copy of the report submitted to lawmakers in late March.

According to the report, the program will have 95 percent capability for tuition assistance by September 30 of this year. That will include "correction of critical . . . system defects," the "transfer of critical legacy data," and other service improvements.

However, some key functions of IgnitED—including credentialing assistance, civilian professional development, and critical backend data links to personnel and finance systems—may not be operational until around September 30, 2023, the report said. 

The report also confirms that the Army still owes money to educational institutions and soldiers, including some who had to pay out-of-pocket for their educational expenses, the Army Times reported.

The Army told Congress it estimates "all Soldiers will be reimbursed no later than" September 30. Educational institutions will receive reimbursement "by first quarter 2023," the report added.

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Michelle Mott
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  • Advocacy
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • Federal relations
  • gi bill
  • tuition assistance program
  • VA Programs
  • Veterans and service members issues
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