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.


House Bill Provides Additional Protections to Student Veterans

Apr 16, 2020, 12:16 PM
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Summary : AACRAO urges Senate to pass measure, which would pay work-study students and extend education benefits by the length of time their school is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Student Veterans Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6322, reported.

The measure makes a number of technical fixes to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits to address COVID-19 issues. The proposed bill would:

  • allow the VA to continue to pay VA work study allowances to veterans, even if their campuses are shut down and/or veterans are unable to reach their place of employment;  

  • expand on provisions in current law to ensure that veterans can receive an additional monthly housing allowance payment if their institution closes due to COVID-19;  

  • clarify that veterans can have their education entitlements – normally limited to 36 months – restored if their campus closes or the veteran needs to withdraw due to the COVID-19 emergency; 

  • and allow veterans who are currently enrolled and approaching their delimiting date (the date on which their benefits would expire) to apply to VA for an extension. 

The Senate is expected to consider companion legislation. AACRAO joined a letter to strongly support the passage of the bill. 

"As the extent of the crisis began to spread last month across the country, Congress acted swiftly to ensure that student veterans did not lose access to their GI Bill benefits and housing allowances as their institutions moved coursework online. As the pandemic continues to impact the ways in which student veterans work and learn, additional flexibility will continue to ensure our military-connected students have their financial needs met and can continue with their studies," the letter states.

"These and other changes will help ensure that veterans' education benefits are not negatively impacted by campus programming changes and/or closures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic that are beyond their control."

Related Link

Letter to Senate Veterans Committee on the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act

Michelle Mott
Categories :
  • Advocacy
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
Tags :
  • covid-19
  • Federal relations
  • gi bill
  • work study
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