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.


Study Examines Effects of GI Bill on Education and Earnings

Jul 21, 2021, 18:04 PM
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Summary : Student veterans receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits earned lower wages for seven to nine years after they left the Army compared with their non-college-going peers.
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A new working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that beneficiaries of the Post-9/11 GI Bill earned lower wages for seven to nine years after they left the Army compared with their non-college-going peers, reports Inside Higher Ed.

The GI Bill lowered earnings by $1,400 on average per veteran across that seven- to nine-year period, Inside Higher Ed reported. Veterans are unlikely to recoup those lost earnings during their career, according to the study.

In previous versions of the GI Bill, eligible veterans saw two to three years of lower earnings before quickly outpacing their non-college-going peers, Inside Higher Ed reported.

The paper’s authors speculated reasons for the difference in earnings between post-9/11 GI Bill eligible veterans and their counterparts. They said some veterans who were not previously interested in college might have been induced into going because of the expanded benefits. These eligible veterans, the paper stated, may not have a lot of guidance and support and could be choosing institutions that do not have positive returns, such as some for-profits, reported Inside Higher Ed.

Although the paper looked at the negative impacts of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits on some veteran's earnings, many succeed because of the subsidies, said Andrew Barr, lead author of the paper. 

"There almost certainly are many veterans who are going to college and using these benefits and benefiting tremendously," he added.

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Heather Zimar
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