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.


House Considers GI Bill Benefits Oversight, Risk-Based Surveys

Sep 21, 2023, 11:40 AM
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On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives considered legislation, under a suspension of the rules, that aims to increase oversight of federal GI Bill funding that flows to colleges and universities.

The Isakson-Roe Education Oversight Expansion Act, H.R. 3981, would require higher education and training institutions that are authorized to accept educational benefits from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department to self-report certain adverse events. More specifically, the measure would mandate that institutions enrolling students using GI Bill education benefits notify the VA or state regulators within 30 days if they get placed on heightened cash monitoring, level 2, by the Education Department, or face a possible loss of accreditation.

The legislation would also allow a veteran's GI Bill education benefits to be restored if an educational entity is found to have acted maliciously or is otherwise found to be inadequate or ineligible under the discretion of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, the bill would require the VA to create a previously mandated database of risk-based surveys within half a year (180 days). Risk-based surveys of educational entities receiving federal funds ensure that these programs are legitimate, accurately advertised, and properly serving their veteran populations.

Meanwhile the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held an oversight hearing that further discussed risk-based surveys. AACRAO member Joe Rasmussen, Director, University Veteran Services at UW-Madison, testified at the hearing entitled "Less is More: The Impact of Bureaucratic Red Tape on Veterans Education Benefits."

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Caroline Donnelly
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  • Veterans and Service Members
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