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.


VETS Credit Act Signed into Law

Jan 12, 2023, 12:57 PM
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Summary : Last month, President Biden signed legislation to ensure student veterans can easily transfer course credits to another institution should their school close or program end suddenly.
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Last month, President Biden signed into law legislation that would help to ensure student veterans can quickly and easily transfer course credits to another institution should their school close or program end suddenly, reported Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Current law requires the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to restore G.I. Bill benefits (up to 12 credits) to eligible student veterans whose schools close or program ends in the middle of a semester, a process that can be very confusing and oftentimes leaves veterans unable to easily transfer their earned credits to a new school, according to a press release. The Veterans Eligible to Transfer School (VETS) Credit Act, sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), requires the VA to work with students and explain the school credit transfer process and to provide them with a certificate of eligibility from the VA providing proof of their restored benefits. The measure also includes language from a bill sponsored by Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC) that makes it easier for dependents of veterans or active-duty military to retain transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits, Diverse reported.

The VETS Credit Act passed the House in May of last year with broad bipartisan support by a vote of 412-1. It passed the Senate in December unanimously, during the lame duck session of the 117th Congress.

"The G.I. Bill's promise of a college education is one of the most important and effective tools we have to recruit and retain the very best and brightest to serve in the U.S. armed forces," said Rep. Buchanan in a statement. The legislation will "ensure that no veteran loses access to the valuable G.I. Bill credits they earned and deserve by virtue of their service."

Related Links

U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan’s Press Release 

Diverse Issues in Higher Education 

Michelle Mott
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