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Veterans' G.I. Bill benefits MIA
Daily Camera ^ | 3/5/2009 | Whitney Bryen

Posted on 03/05/2010 5:03:27 AM PST by InClass03

A program enacted in August 2009 promised military veterans attending college increased educational benefits for their time served, but, seven months later, some students at the University of Colorado have seen little or none of that money.

At least 231 students at CU rely on funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as part of the post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which pays a portion of tuition, fees, books and living expenses for students who served at least 90 days of active service since Sept. 11, 2001.

The bill nearly doubled the benefits to military and veteran students nationwide, but CU officials and students enrolled in the program said many veterans counting on the funds are facing financial hardships due to late or missing payments.

And some are now being asked to repay government loans taken out to cover for the still-unpaid assistance funds.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: af; afghanistan; army; gibill; iraq; marines; military; navy; va; veterans

1 posted on 03/05/2010 5:03:27 AM PST by InClass03
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To: InClass03
I was mobilized for a year post-9/11, supposedly eligible for the “New GI Bill”, which allows for transfer of educational benefits (I have 3 in college). When I applied, however, I received a letter stating I was ineligible, and after 4 phone calls to voice mails that don't call back, I guess it's congress critter time.
2 posted on 03/05/2010 5:11:36 AM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter

I’d bet that if your Congressman is democrat you’re SOL.

3 posted on 03/05/2010 5:19:41 AM PST by onedoug
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So Congress is falling all over itself in FURTHER extending unemployment benefits and other entitlements, yet they can’t help veterans?

4 posted on 03/05/2010 5:26:40 AM PST by InClass03
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To: InClass03

You’ve got it.

5 posted on 03/05/2010 5:37:02 AM PST by onedoug
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To: struwwelpeter

I got out just as they canceled the original GI bill and never saw a penny of the benefits I was supposed to get.

6 posted on 03/05/2010 5:41:07 AM PST by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: struwwelpeter

Jeez. Best of luck to you.

7 posted on 03/05/2010 5:49:52 AM PST by InClass03
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To: InClass03

But the BIG NEW FEES for the retired over 65 Military’s health ins is there...already passed needs repealing. Plus according to Buyers and McKeon there are VA CUTS in obamacare.

Bambi doesn’t keep his buyer beware!


PLEASE ASK THEM TO REPEAL THE BIG NEW FEES in TRICARE for Life, the retired Military over 65 secondary health ins. which they passed in a DOD bill. They promised our Military these benefits, and our Military have earned them.

Sen Scott Brown’s number is 202-224-4543
Capitol Hill switchboard is 202-224-3121

Lots of local demwit phone numbers on this thread

Rename, repackage, rewrite it a tad smaller, and sell another pig in a poke. NO COLAs for granny, retired Military or retired fed employees. BIG NEW fees for Tricare for Life retired over 65 Military’s secondary health ins. (DOD bill already passed, delayed but goes into effect 2011 NEEDS TO BE REPEALED!


New Dem mantra: Woof, woof eat dog food granny....ala let them eat cake.

Obama says slight fix will extend Social Security,

Health Care Rationing for Seniors Another Problem in New Obama Plan

Medicare tax may apply to investment income (ObamaCare tax hike)

Obama: No reduced Medicare benefits in health care reform

Will healthcare reform mean cuts in Medicare for seniors?

Health Reform’s Hidden Victims Young people and seniors would pay a high price for ObamaCare.

TRI CARE FOR LIFE This from a google search:

This option would help reduce the costs of TFL, as well as costs for Medicare, by introducing minimum out-of pocket requirements for beneficiaries. Under this option, TFL would not cover any of the first $525 of an enrollee’s cost-sharing liabilities for calendar year 2011 and would limit coverage to 50 percent of the next $4,725 in Medicare cost sharing that the beneficiary incurred. (Because all further cost sharing would be covered by TFL, enrollees could not pay more than $2,888 in cost sharing in that year.)

Bill Would Restrict Veterans’ Health Care Options 11/06/09
Buyer and McKeon Offer Amendments to Protect Veterans and TRICARE Beneficiaries

Congress plans to block Tricare fee increases

By Rick Maze - Staff writer, Oct 7, 2009

Tricare fee increases imposed last week by the Defense Department will be repealed by a provision of the compromise 2010 defense authorization bill unveiled Wednesday by House and Senate negotiators.

The fee increases were announced on Sept. 30 and took effect on Oct. 1, but the defense bill, HR 2647, includes a provision barring any fee increases until the start of fiscal 2011.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Bill Matz, president of the National Association for Uniformed Services, said the announcement of fee increases was shocking considering that the Obama administration promised earlier this year to hold off on any new fee Tricare fee increases until fiscal 2011.

“President Obama and DoD assured NAUS and the entire military family earlier this year that there would rightly be no increases in any Tricare fees” in fiscal 2010, Matz said. “We took them at their word, and I can’t believe that a co-pay increase like this was allowed to go forward,” he added.

8 posted on 03/05/2010 7:31:19 AM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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