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.


Number of Students Using Post-9/11 GI Bill Declines

Jun 14, 2018, 09:45 AM
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Summary : The decrease in usage is attributed to factors such as the number of transitioning service members, their age, and the low veteran unemployment rate.
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The number of Post-9/11 GI Bill users declined significantly in 2017—the first time in the benefit's 10-year history, reports The Military Times.

Approximately 4 percent fewer veterans or dependents used the bill in 2017, a decrease of 34,000 students. The University of Phoenix has seen a drop in users over the last several years, including in 2017, but remains the most popular destination for users of the benefit, reports the Military Times. For-profits overall have seen a drop in users of the benefit over the past three years.

Data show that 53 percent of GI Bill recipients in 2017 attended public schools; 27 percent went to for-profit schools; and 20 percent used their benefits at private schools.

The decrease in usage is attributed to factors such as the number of transitioning service members, their age, and the low veteran unemployment rate, the Military Times reported.

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