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.


Biden Signs Bill to Restore Education Benefits to Veterans

Jun 9, 2022, 12:37 PM
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Summary : The new law restores pandemic education benefits to veterans who attended for-profit colleges that closed or lost their accreditation due to fraudulent or misleading practices.
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President Biden on Tuesday signed into law legislation that restores pandemic education benefits to veterans who attended for-profit colleges that closed or lost their accreditation due to fraudulent or misleading practices, according to a press release. The Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program Restoration and Recovery Act, S. 4089, also gives the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) authority to recoup federal dollars from the fraudulent school, Inside Higher Ed reported. 

The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP), created by the American Rescue Plan, aims to help veterans gain new skills to meet changing workforce demands during the pandemic. The enacted law allows the VA to restore education benefits under the VRRAP to veterans whose education is interrupted by their school's closure or loss of accreditation.

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the legislation earlier this year, with Representatives Danny Davis (D-IL) and Lauren Underwood (D-IL) sponsoring a companion bill in the House.

"Every veteran deserves to access the full benefits they have earned as they pursue their postmilitary education," said Rep. Underwood. "The Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Restoration and Recovery Act will restore important education benefits to veterans who have been ripped off by predatory institutions."

Related Links

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's Press Release 

Inside Higher Ed 

Michelle Mott
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  • Accreditation
  • Advocacy
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • Access and Equity
  • college closures
  • covid-19
  • Federal relations
  • for-profit colleges
  • fraud
  • VA Programs
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