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.




Streamlining veterans compliance reporting

Feb 23, 2016, 18:15 PM
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A national initiative to streamline the veterans compliance reporting process is underway. The reporting and certification requirements can be complex and can require significant work on behalf of veterans and schools; as such a number of registrars and other stakeholders have begun to discuss ways in which the certification and recertification process could be done more efficiently and cost-effectively.

“Higher education and the V.A. both want to better serve student veterans,” said V. Shelby Stanfield, Vice Provost and University Registrar, University of Texas at Austin. Stanfield has been one of the folks spearheading the conversation between institutions and with the V.A. about ideas to improve and streamline compliance reporting.

A year’s progress: Institutions, V.A. and NSC

The movement began about a year ago at the AACRAO Annual Meeting in Baltimore, where Stanfield and others held an impromptu discussion on the challenges of certification reporting. It has since evolved into a conversation with National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) about how to develop a technology platform to facilitate and automate the data collection and reporting processes surrounding certification.

“Given than many institutions are already participants with NSC, it makes sense to build a conduit for institutions to report veterans’ biological, course, credit and completion data, as well,” Stanfield said. “It’s another avenue to extend Clearinghouse services.”

Over the past year, NSC has worked with the group to put together a conceptual framework defining how the platform could be built and what its benefits could be. They’ve broken the initiative into three components—technical, biological and completion data—and are in the initial stages of conversations about the completion data used for certification and recertification.

“One goal of a reengineered technology platform available to institutions is quicker delivery of veteran data to the V.A. and improved pathways for student veterans and better data for public policy analysis of completion rates,” Stanfield said. “We also believe such a system benefits the VA in terms of timeliness, integrity, accuracy and comprehensiveness of benefits reported.”

What’s next?

Stanfield and other expert school administration and student veteran panelists will discuss the proposed solution and progress to date, including meetings with the V.A., at the upcoming AACRAO Annual Meeting, March 20-23, in Phoenix.

“We’ll update folks on where we are and what’s left to do—and let people know how they can get involved,” Stanfield said. “We want to demonstrate to the V.B.A. that there’s significant community support and enthusiasm for the idea, and how easy the process will be to adopt once the platform is built.”

In addition to Stanfield, other leaders of this exciting session include: Marc Barker, National Association of Veteran Program Administrators and Colorado State University; Chris Cate, Student Veterans Association; Doug Falk, National Student Clearinghouse; Scott Owczarek, University of Wisconsin Madison; Brenda Selman, University of Missouri, and Rick Torres, National Student Clearinghouse [moderator].

For more information, register for the AACRAO Annual Meeting and join the conversation. Or contact Shelby Stanfield to join the listserv.

Also, check out the Veterans Compliance article in AACRAO's publication Helping Veterans Succeed.

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