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.


Senate Spending Bill Includes Debt Relief for Disabled Veterans

May 20, 2016, 21:51 PM
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The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a broad appropriations bill that includes a measure to relieve disabled veterans of their federal student loan debt, according to a Senate press release.

The approved spending package merged the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bills and included $1.1 billion in Zika virus funds. An amendment to the legislation, introduced by Senator Angus King (I-ME) and co-sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Coons (D-DE), would require the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Education to streamline the disability verification process to help permanently disabled veterans more easily get student loan forgiveness.

This kind of loan forgiveness is allowed under current law, said Sen. King, but a lack of coordination between federal departments is potentially causing veterans to miss out on it, The Associated Press reported.


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U.S. Senator Angus King's Press Release

The Associated Press

The Hill

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