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Veterans & Service Members

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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 the The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, also known as the “Forever GI Bill” in 2017, there will be significant changes to Veterans education benefits over the coming years. Most changes enhance or expand education benefits for Veterans, servicemembers, families, and survivors.

Furthermore, AACRAO established a short-term work group charged with assessing the feasibility of aligning the veterans reporting process with existing enrollment and compliance reporting business processes. The workgroup will also identify issues, requirements, and potential changes to Student Information Systems to facilitate improvements in veterans reporting. Lastly, the workgroup will develop protocols for data collection and reporting using existing tools, as well as anticipating the future state of the reporting process.


Workgroup

John Fletcher (Chair)
Associate Provost, Enrollment Services, East Carolina University

Joe Rasmussen (Vice-Chair)
Veterans Service Coordinator, UW-Madison

Bhavesh Bambhroia
University Registrar, Temple University

Kimberly Bloodgood
Director, Office for Veterans and Military Personnel, IUPUI

Amy Gleason
Assistant Registrar for Compliance, Duke University
Bridgette Ingram
Director, Student Financial Assistance, Texas A&M
George Levanthes
Vice President, National Student Clearing House
Christina Wojtysiak
Senior Reporting Specialist, University of Notre Dame

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Updates

February 23, 2018
AACRAO announces Veterans Reporting and Support work group. 

January 11, 2018
VA backs down on threat to suspend Ashford University's GI Bill Eligibility.

November 15, 2017
Ashford suspends enrollment of GI Bill students.

November 9, 2017
Senators reintroduce Military and Veterans Education Protection Act that would close the 90/10 loophole and protect veterans from predatory for-profit schools.

August 2, 2017 
Congress passes the #ForeverGIBill making it a lifetime benefit and expands it to thousands.

July 27, 2017
Mike Reilly, ED AACRAO, provides update on AACRAO involvement in current servicemember issues.
 
May 18, 2017
AACRAO joins discussion at America Legion with Military and Veteran Service Organizations about the Future of the GI Bill.

September 22, 2016
Congress approves bill to protect Vets affected by accreditor shutdowns.