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.


Senators Introduce Measure to Address GI Bill Benefit Fiasco

Dec 13, 2018, 10:15 AM
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Summary : Bipartisan bill aims to resolve ongoing problems with the Veterans Affairs Department's handling of reimbursements to veterans for missed or underpaid Forever GI Bill housing benefits.
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A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that aims to address ongoing problems with the U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA) Department's handling of reimbursements to veterans for missed or underpaid Forever GI Bill housing benefits, according to a press release.

The Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act seeks to resolve the VA's failure to fully comply with reimbursement rates set by the Forever GI Bill. It would require the VA to end improper payments as soon as possible; establish a team of specialists who will be responsible to report to Congress a detailed plan to correct this egregious error; provide a report to Congress by July 2020 that identifies how many beneficiaries were impacted and to what extent, aggregated by state; and certify the department is fully compliant with the law.

The legislation is sponsored by Sens. John Boozman (R-AR) and Brian Schatz (D-HI)—Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies—Jon Tester (D-MT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jerry Moran (R-KS).

"Secretary Wilkie has acknowledged the VA's error and promised that all affected recipients would be compensated, but the department’s plans to remedy the situation fall short. This bill aims to hold the department accountable to its promise and ensure that veterans are fully repaid for errors they did not cause," Sen. Boozman said in a press release.

Sen. Boozman also co-sponsored legislation with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) earlier this year that would prohibit colleges from collecting a late fee or requiring GI Bill users to take out additional loans because of delayed payments. Language from the Servicemembers Improved Transition through Reforms for Ensuring Progress Act, S. 3130, was included in a minibus of bipartisan veterans legislation, S. 2248, approved by the House on Monday, Politico reported.

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U.S. Senator John Boozman's Press Release

Michelle Mott
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  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
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