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.


Congress Approves Bill to Protect Veterans Affected by Accreditor Shutdowns

Sep 22, 2016, 16:20 PM
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The U.S. Senate on Monday approved legislation that would protect student veterans affected by accreditor shutdowns.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Expiring Authorities Act of 2016 (H.R.5985) authorizes VA's services for the next fiscal year. It also includes a provision that would allow the VA to protect veterans using education benefits if the Secretary of Education withdraws recognition of the agency that accredited a veteran's school.

Under the legislation, GI Bill educational benefits would continue to flow to student veterans for up to 18 months after their school's accreditor loses its federal recognition. Currently, student veterans affected by an accreditor shutdown immediately lose access to their GI Bill benefits, including housing.

The provision passed Monday mirrors existing 18-month protections for colleges whose students receive Pell Grants and student loans from the Education Department, reported Politico Morning Education. It also reduces the potential fallout for the Obama administration to move ahead with its recommendation to terminate federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

The legislation, which cleared the House last week, now heads to the president's desk.


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U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Press Release

Politico Morning Education

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