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 Hearing on GI Bill Payment Delays

Oct 31, 2018, 16:42 PM
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Summary : Panel will discuss IT-related issues that led to Post-9/11 GI Bill payment delays for tuition, fees, and the monthly housing allowance.
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The House Veterans' Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity announced plans to hold an oversight hearing on information technology (IT)-related issues that led to Post-9/11 GI Bill payment delays.

The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) will discuss plans for implementing the remaining sections of H.R. 3212, the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017—also known as the "Forever GI Bill"—as well as efforts to improve IT functionalities to handle new mandates under the law. The subcommittee is expected to review IT failures at the VA that led to students and schools receiving the wrong payments and associated processing delays for tuition, fees, and the monthly housing allowance. It will also discuss how the VA is informing beneficiaries of these delays, as well as training department staff to disseminate the proper information about the Forever GI Bill.

House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) said in a press release that it is of "great concern" to him that there continues to be "excessive GI Bill payment delays and that VA remains unable to properly implement the necessary changes to the system that were outlined in the Forever GI Bill."

"Student veterans should not have to face these problems in order to receive their earned benefits. It is of utmost importance that we hold this oversight hearing to get to the bottom this problem and ensure that VA is working to swiftly correct these errors," Roe stated.

The subcommittee hearing will be held on November 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

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House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Press Release

Michelle Mott
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