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.


Use of Post-9/11 GI Bill Decreases

Aug 3, 2016, 20:25 PM
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The number of veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill slowed in fiscal year 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As reported by the Military Times, this marks the first time the popular benefit failed to increase its base by tens or hundreds of thousands of users over the prior year.

In 2015, there were 790,507 Post-9/11 GI Bill students—about 100 more students than the 790,408 in 2014. The VA noted in the Military Times, however, that the recent totals are calculated differently than in the past when students who changed institutions mid-year might have been counted twice. A comparison of the new data with past counts, without adjusting for duplications, would show a 36,000-student drop in Post-9/11 GI Bill users from fiscal year 2014 to 2015.

In addition, the Military Times analysis found that active-duty service members using military tuition assistance (TA) fell by 2.7 percent from fiscal year 2014 to 2015. In 2015, the total was 290,100, down from 298,100 in 2014, and 355,000 in 2013.

The VA was unable to attribute a reason for the declines. A spokesperson for the Department of Defense attributed the drops to automatic spending cuts by Congress as well was new rules and restrictions on who can use TA and when, reported the Military Times.

The Military Times annual analysis also found that military students at for-profit universities are passing classes at higher rates. 


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