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 Passes Protect the GI Bill Act

Nov 13, 2019, 16:36 PM
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Summary : Legislation aims to give students additional protections under the GI Bill, but some provisions could be problematic for institutions.
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the Protect the GI Bill Act, H.R. 4625, reported Politico. 

The legislation aims to give students additional protections under the GI Bill and increase transparency and accountability among education programs that receive Department of Veterans Affairs funding. Schools receiving GI Bill benefits would have to inform prospective students of the cost of attendance, how much their benefits cover, and student outcomes, among other things.

While AACRAO is generally supportive of the bill's goals, we are concerned that some provisions would be problematic for institutions.

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Michelle Mott
Categories :
  • Advocacy
  • Enrollment Certification
  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
Tags :
  • accountability
  • Cost of Attendance
  • Federal relations
  • gi bill
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