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.


DoD Drops GI Bill Transfer Policy for Long-Serving Servicemembers

Jul 19, 2018, 10:19 AM
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Summary : Members of the military who have served more than 16 years will no longer be able to transfer their GI Bill benefits to their dependents or spouses.
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Members of the military who have served more than 16 years will no longer be able to transfer their GI Bill benefits to their dependents or spouses, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced this week.

The 16 year cap will go into effect a year from now in order “to more closely align the transferability benefit with its purpose as a recruiting and retention incentive,” according to a statement from the DoD.

Current policy allows members of the military with at least six years of service to transfer their benefits to a spouse or children, so long as they agree to serve an additional four years, The Military Times reported.

The 16 year cap is viewed as a step in the wrong direction by some veteran education groups, who were able to successfully fight for a provision in the recent Forever GI Bill that allows service members to use their own benefits indefinitely after leaving the military.

American Legion spokesperson Joe Plenzler stated that the organization is "against the curtailment of veterans’ earned benefits."

Meanwhile, other organizations appreciate the year grace period that the DoD has allowed for veterans and service members to get their affairs in order.

"If a service member is considering making the transfer, and they're eligible to do so right now, they really shouldn't wait," said Eileen Huck, deputy director of government relations for the National Military Family Association.

"Transferability is still going to be available for the majority of service members, and we understand that it is a retention tool, so while we may not agree with DoD's decision and we would like to see it continue to be available for everyone, we understand the rationale behind limiting it to people who have fewer than 16 years of service."

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