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.


Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing on Improving Education Opportunities

Nov 3, 2021, 20:31 PM
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Summary : Witnesses called on lawmakers to address concerns, outlined by AACRAO and other higher ed groups, with legislation passed earlier this year that made sweeping changes to the administration and oversight of GI Bill benefits.
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Last week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing entitled "Success After Service: Improving Veterans' Employment, Education, and Home Loan Opportunities," which touched on a number of issues related to veterans education benefits. Witnesses called on committee members to address concerns with legislation passed earlier this year that made sweeping changes to the administration and oversight of GI Bill benefits. 

The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement (Isakson Roe) Act and the Training in High-demand Roles to Improve Veteran Employment Act (THRIVE Act), which were enacted earlier this year and effective August 1, provide important protections for student veterans to help ensure that they can use their GI Bill benefits to complete a quality postsecondary education. However, certain provisions included in the legislation could create unintended consequences for veterans and institutions.

Ahead of the hearing, AACRAO and other higher education groups, sent a letter to both the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, urging lawmakers to quickly pass legislation that makes technical corrections to the Isakson Roe/THRIVE Acts to address those concerning provisions, extends COVID-19 flexibilities for student veterans, and fixes the rounding out rule.

House lawmakers recently introduced two bills that accomplish these goals. The groups reiterated their strong support of the Student Veteran COVID-19 Protection Act, H.R. 5509, and the Responsible Education Mitigating Options and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act, H.R. 5545.

"This package of fixes and extensions is desperately needed to protect veteran's education benefits from disruption and to help colleges and universities better serve veterans on campus," the letter states.

For more information on this topic, join AACRAO Board members and staff on Wednesday, November 10 at 2 p.m. ET for a coffee break discussing the implementation of the Isakson Roe and THRIVE Acts, as well as the more recent legislative proposals to make technical corrections to those bills.

Related Links

U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing 

Letter to House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees on Technical Corrections to Veterans Benefits Laws 

Michelle Mott
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  • Financial Aid and FAFSA
  • Veterans and Service Members
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  • Veterans and service members issues
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