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  • House Lawmakers to Vote on Bill to Reduce GI Bill Transfer Benefits

    02/09/2016 11:51:24 AM PST · by Tulsa Ramjet · 26 replies
    Military dot Com ^ | Feb 9 2016 | Amy Bushatz
    Legislation that would cut by half the Post-9/11 GI Bill housing allowance payments transferrable to children of troops is set for a vote Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives. The language, part of the Veterans Employment, Education and Healthcare Act, only cuts the payment for children of service members using the transferred funding.
  • Some military discharges mean no benefits after service ends

    12/25/2015 8:34:53 AM PST · by redreno · 47 replies ^ | 12/24/2015 | JIM SALTER
    ST. LOUIS (AP) No medical or mental health care. No subsidized college or work training. For many who leave the U.S. military with less-than-honorable discharges, including thousands who suffered injuries and anguish in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, standard veterans benefits are off limits. The discharge serves as a scarlet letter of dishonor, and the effects can be severe: Ex-military members with mental health problems or post-traumatic stress disorder can't turn to Veterans Affairs hospitals or clinics; those who want to go to college aren't eligible for the GI Bill; the jobless get no assistance for career training; the homeless are...
  • 96-Year-Old Merchant Mariner Works to Correct Historical Oversight

    09/05/2015 10:48:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sep 4, 2015 | Garvin Thomas
    “I wrote a story about it.” It is a phrase Jack Beritzhoff says a lot. And when you consider the San Rafael resident, and former Merchant Mariner, is about to celebrate his 97th birthday, that adds up to a lot of stories. In fact, Beritzhoff compiled many of his favorite one into a book he published in 2012: Sail Away, Journeys Of A Merchant Seaman. Still, there is one story he is most eager to share these days, about an oversight of history he would like to see corrected. “I think it’s an injustice,” said Beritzhoff. Beritzhoff is referring to...
  • Another VA Scandal: GI Bill Funnels Taxpayer Money To Masturbation Classes, "Hate Churches" & More

    07/24/2015 4:25:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 7/24/15 | tyler durden
    Iraq War veteran David Rodriguez steps into a softly lit classroom at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, crosses his legs and sits on a pillow in front of an altar decorated with a rope, a model of a penis and a statue of a Hindu god. Rodriguez, a retired Navy lieutenant commander who led an engineering battalion that dismantled roadside bombs, is here for a class on “sexual bodywork.” When instruction begins, he will join his classmates in practicing different forms of masturbation. “They do vulva massage and penis massage and anal massage,” said...
  • GI Bill being used to reimburse some very… [how to put it mildly?] interesting schools

    07/20/2015 3:06:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/20/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    For those not familiar with the GI Bill – the program which provides numerous benefits for our veterans when they complete their terms of service – it can be a pretty good deal. It’s undergone several changes over the years (having first evolved in the 40s and 50s) but it’s helped a lot of veterans, including me. One of the most commonly used features aside from home mortgage programs is the education benefit. Veterans can go to school and have significant portions of their tuition covered, allowing for an easier transition to civilian life.Some of the schools which a...
  • The Free Community College Plan is Obama’s G.I. Bill (Wait, he's serious!)

    01/25/2015 4:10:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jonathan Alter
    The president’s plan to make community college free for everyone is the best news for the middle class in a long time. President Obama this month gave the best State of the Union address of his presidency but it was largely written in disappearing ink. Like the vast majority of presidential speeches, little of it lingers. But one proposal in the speech could prove historic. While Obama’s $60 billion plan for two free years of community college is dead-on-arrival in the Republican Congress, it is very much alive in American politics, where progressives now have an aspirational, easy-to-understand issue to...
  • Opinion/Vanity: I kept my end of the deal.

    06/16/2014 9:57:08 PM PDT · by pansgold · 19 replies
    VI / XVI / MMXIV | pansgold
    In 1968 when I enlisted, my enlistment contract guaranteed me that for the rest of my life I could be seen at any VA hospital or clinic for free for the rest of my life on a tier system. 1st. To be seen were service connected disabilities. 2nd to be seen were active duty personnel and their families. 3rd. And last to be seen were all other veterans. You could walk-in and wait and you may have to wait all day but you would be seen by a doctor. All medications were free at any veterans hospital or clinic, no...
  • Student Veterans Not Getting Standard of Living Payment On-Time

    08/13/2012 9:36:39 PM PDT · by fromatornmind · 13 replies
    My name is (Deleted) and I am a Veteran of the U.S. Army. I was deployed in efforts of Operation Iraqi Freedom I (2003). I am contacting you because I am concerned over the way the GiBill standard of living payments are being handled by the Veterans Administration and how it is close to impossible for a Veteran to contact the VA over the phone to handle this matter or others. I am a student at (Deleted) University where the year is broken down into 2 sessions that are 8 weeks long that make up one semester. I don’t know...
  • Twice In One Week: The White House Goes After The Media

    05/26/2008 4:49:53 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 53 replies · 115+ views
    Media Bistro ^ | 5-26-08
    First, the White House spoke out against NBC News and its editing of Richard Engel's interview with President George Bush. And, today, the White House takes on the New York Times editorial page for its editorial, "Mr. Bush and the GI Bill." From the White House statement: Once again, the New York Times Editorial Board doesn't let the facts get in the way of expressing its vitriolic opinions - no matter how misleading they may be. In today's editorial, "Mr. Bush and the GI Bill", the New York Times irresponsibly distorts President Bush's strong commitment to strengthening and expanding support...
  • VA tells Senate it's working to fix glitches in new GI bill

    04/21/2010 10:19:16 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 240+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 21, 2010 | Natalie Bailey
    WASHINGTON — Veterans trying to get an education under the new GI bill face delayed checks, erroneous payments and uncertainty about what their actual benefits are, officials told a congressional committee Wednesday. Testifying before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Department of Veterans Affairs officials acknowledged problems that have characterized the initial eight months of the overhaul of the original Montgomery GI Bill. Glitches were expected in the beginning, but they need to be fixed, officials said. "A fellow veteran ate canned beans and sardines three meals a day for an entire semester trying to scrape up gas money for his...
  • Veterans' G.I. Bill benefits MIA

    03/05/2010 5:03:27 AM PST · by InClass03 · 7 replies · 487+ views
    Daily Camera ^ | 3/5/2009 | Whitney Bryen
    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...
  • Applications from veterans may now begin for the Post-9/11 GI Bill

    11/26/2009 2:09:36 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies · 301+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/3/2009 | U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, House Armed Services Committee Chairman
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 3, 2009) — I am proud to report that as of May 1, veterans may begin applying for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. During the 110th Congress, the Congress passed and President Bush signed into law the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a legislative package that includes a landmark expansion of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, most commonly referred to as the “GI Bill.” This act provides for the single largest investment in college financial aid since the GI Bill of 1944 by fully restoring four-year college scholarships for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Men and women in uniform who...
  • Emergency Payments for Veterans Awaiting VA Educational Benefits

    10/05/2009 8:50:34 AM PDT · by gruffwolf · 2 replies · 344+ views
    Emergency Payments for Veterans Awaiting VA Educational Benefits Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has authorized advance payments up to $3,000 for Veterans who have applied for VA educational benefits and who have not yet received their monthly education payments. If you are a Veteran who has applied for one of VA’s education programs and have not yet received your monthly benefit payment for the Fall 2009 term, you can submit a request for an advance payment on this website. Advance payments will be issued by the U. S. Treasury within 3 workdays (Monday through Friday) following submission of...
  • Veterans' promised tuition checks AWOL

    09/25/2009 12:49:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 531+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2009 | Audrey Hudson
    The U.S. government failed to send promised college tuition checks to tens of thousands of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars before they returned to school this fall, even after being warned that it was inadequately staffed for the job. The Veterans Affairs Department blamed a backlog of claims filed for GI Bill education benefits that has left veterans who counted on the money for tuition and books scrambling to make ends meet. Veterans like American University student John Kamin, who received a letter Wednesday from the Army. He was hoping it contained news that his overdue GI Bill...
  • Veterans waiting for tuition payments under Post-9/11 GI Bill

    09/21/2009 8:41:02 AM PDT · by cookcounty · 9 replies · 622+ views
    Cleveland Palin Dealer ^ | September 20, 2009 | Brian Albrecht
    More than half the student-veterans at three Ohio colleges are waiting for tuition payments under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill from the Department of Veterans Affairs, reflecting a similar situation nationally. The delay affects 83 percent of the vets at Cleveland State University, about 56 percent at Cuyahoga Community College and 88 percent at Ohio State University.
  • New GI Bill a Boon for (Most) Veterans

    08/19/2009 11:34:21 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 18 replies · 1,092+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 19 | Jeff Emanuel
    A new educational benefit for veterans kicked in at the beginning of this month, marking the first time since 1984’s revamping of the Montgomery GI Bill that Congress has acted to improve education opportunities for servicemen and women after separation. This new program, known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, is exclusively available to military veterans (and the dependents of veterans) who served on or after September 11, 2001. Sponsored in the Senate last year by former Navy Secretary and current Virginia Democrat Jim Webb, the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act” (S.22) rewrote and rebuilt the entire veterans’ educational benefit structure....
  • Obama celebrates enactment post-9/11 GI Bill

    08/03/2009 9:31:38 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 5 replies · 238+ views
    AP ^ | August 3, 2009 | Julie Pace and Kimberly Hefling
    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama said Monday a new GI Bill for those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan is an investment in both a new generation of veterans and the future of America. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the most comprehensive education benefit offered to veterans since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the original GI Bill for World War II veterans in 1944. In the next decade, $78 billion is expected to be paid out under it. "We do this not just to meet our moral obligation to those who sacrificed greatly on our behalf, on behalf...
  • New GI Bill Transfer Options Take Effect Aug. 1

    07/23/2009 4:31:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 289+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 23, 2009 – The Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect Aug. 1, but in the meantime, servicemembers may submit a request to transfer benefits to their spouses and children now. Army 1st Sgt. Steven Colbert takes a moment out of his day to read with his son, Jordan. Colbert is looking forward to transferring his GI Bill benefits to pay for Jordan’s college education. U.S. Army photo by Rob McIlvaine  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Transferability of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits has been the most requested initiative we receive from our servicemembers,” said Bill Carr, deputy undersecretary...
  • New GI Benefits Vary Widely by State

    07/07/2009 10:08:36 AM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 5 replies · 340+ views
    Associated Press via North County Times ^ | July 6, 2009 | JUSTIN POPE - Associated Press
    When the new GI Bill kicks in Aug. 1, the government's best-known education program for veterans will get the biggest boost since its World War II-era creation. But the benefit is hardly the "Government Issue," one-size-fits-all standard the name implies. In fact, depending on where service members and veterans decide to attend college, they could receive a full ride, or very little. An Associated Press review of state-by-state benefits under the new bill shows huge discrepancies in the amount veterans can receive. (snip) But Congress also wanted to help veterans attend often pricier private schools. So the new bill offers...
  • Official Explains Proposed Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability Rules

    04/29/2009 4:37:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 209+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 – With the Department of Veterans Affairs ready to begin accepting sign-ups for the Post-9/11 GI Bill May 1, the Defense Department is working to get word out on its proposed policy regarding the bill’s transferability provisions to help servicemembers decide if the new benefit is right for them. Bob Clark, the Pentagon’s assistant director for accessions policy, called the Post-9/11 GI Bill that takes effect Aug. 1 an important new benefit. In addition to providing broader educational benefits, it includes a provision that enables enrollees to transfer their benefits to immediate family members. This...