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.


GI Bill Benefit Backlog at the VA

Oct 17, 2018, 00:58 AM
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Summary : Student veterans using GI Bill benefits this fall have been waiting longer than three weeks on average to receive housing benefits.
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently experiencing a backlog of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, The Military Times reported. Student veterans using GI Bill benefits this fall have been waiting longer than three weeks on average to receive housing benefits.

IT challenges at the agency as well as a delayed implementation of the Forever GI Bill, which was passed last year, are among the contributing factors behind the backlog. The agency alerted students to the higher-than-normal wait times in an email this week, noting that average processing times are currently around 23 days for continuing GI Bill claims and 35 days for first-time claims, the Times reported. In general, the VA aims to process such claims in 14 days and 28 days, respectively.

As of Monday, there were 158,922 pending claims, an agency spokesperson told Inside Higher Ed, a 51 percent increase over the same time last year. The backlog has decreased in recent days, the spokesman said, but the VA expects a higher than normal backlog through the rest of the year.

Related Links

The Military Times

Inside Higher Ed

Michelle Mott
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  • Advocacy
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • Federal relations
  • gi bill
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