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 Lose Funds as For-Profit Colleges Close

Oct 27, 2016, 14:58 PM
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Members of Congress are urging their colleagues to provide the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) authority to restore GI Bill benefits for students who attend schools that permanently close, reports The Washington Post.

When for-profits like Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institutes closed, thousands of veterans lost more than $1 billion in federal education funding. More closures are predicted, the Post reported.

"It is unfathomable to me that these brave men and women, who volunteered to serve their country in a time of war, are now being left in the lurch by some of the largest recipients of Post-9/11 GI Bill taxpayer dollars," said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del).

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, enacted in 2009, has provided more than $65 million for tuition, books and housing to 1.6 million veterans and their families, the Post reported. A Senate Education Committee report found that for-profit colleges received a quarter of the total money allotted for the program in 2012-13.

"The VA and Congress need to do more on the front end to hold bad actors accountable and ensure that we're not continuing to send our veterans to schools delivering poor outcomes and destined for financial collapse," Carper told the Post.


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