ROA submitted testimony for the record for the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC) hearing held today on improvements to the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The discussion was prompted by legislation introduced by Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii).
(See previous blog, SVAC Chair Introduces Act to Improve the Post-9/11 GI Bill)
Near Memorial Day this year Chairman Akaka introduced S.3447, the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, to improve the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Title 32 AGR (Active Guard Reserve) eligibility is included in the bill, but Title 14 for Coast Guardsmen is not, and ROA advocates its inclusion. Additionally, ROA is pushing to add OJT (on the job training) and apprenticeship programs for time served since Sept. 11, 2001 to be fully credited, earlier payments under the Montgomery or other GI bills to be deducted from the value of earned Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, as well as other improvements.
To read ROA’s full testimony, please visit www.roa.org/testimony.