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 Stopgap Spending Bill

Dec 14, 2016, 16:46 PM
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Late last week, Congress approved and President Obama signed a continuing resolution (CR), barely avoiding a government shutdown, The Hill reported. The new stopgap spending measure funds the federal government through April 28, 2017.

The bill sets up a spending fight next year within President-elect Donald Trump's first 100 days in office that will test his promise to cut deeply into the federal deficit by eliminating what he calls "tremendous waste, fraud and abuse," according to the Hill. Senators will have to reach an agreement on spending levels for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year while juggling the confirmations of various executive branch nominees and perhaps a Supreme Court nominee. They will also be working on regulatory reform and a budget to pave the way for tax reform.

Republican senators, including members of the leadership, had hoped Trump would instead accept a yearlong omnibus spending bill or a yearlong stopgap funding resolution to clear the decks for 2017 for those other priorities.

The approved CR leaves out new funds for summer Pell Grants, disappointing advocates who made that item a priority heading into the lame-duck session, Inside Higher Ed reported. Restoring year-round grants had been a goal of both parties since an agreement in 2011 to cut summer Pell over funding shortfalls. With a $7.8 billion surplus in the program, higher education stakeholders and congressional Democrats had called on appropriators to use the lame-duck session to increase the value of the grants and restore funding for summer semesters.

The stopgap measure does, however, include a provision that seeks to block student veterans from using their GI Bill benefits on career programs that do not lead to successful employment, according to Inside Higher Ed. The Career-Ready Student Veterans Act, which was attached to the continuing resolution, prohibits institutions from receiving GI Bill benefits if their programs fail to meet the requirements needed for required licensing exams or certification in order to enter the chosen career field.


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