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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 · 46 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 · 18 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...
  • More Troops, Families Likely to Qualify for New GI Bill Benefits

    02/24/2009 3:10:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 299+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2009 – Troops nearing retirement eligibility may be able to tap into the transferability benefits provided in the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, even if they’re unable to serve four more years of duty due to service policies, a senior defense official said. The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Bill that takes effect in August and will offer more benefits and the ability to transfer benefits to a spouse or child has proven to be a hit with the troops, Bill Carr, deputy undersecretary of defense for military personnel policy, told the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service....
  • New GI Bill Carries Different Eligibility, Benefits

    02/02/2009 5:34:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 697+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2009 – A series of educational assistance programs administered by the Veterans Affairs Department, commonly called the GI Bill, have helped servicemembers pursue post-secondary learning for decades. Soon, another program will be added to the mix: The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Bill will be available to qualified individuals Aug. 1. “We previously administered four major education programs before this bill came along,” Keith M. Wilson, VA’s education service director, said. “The new Post-9/11 GI Bill has different eligibility criteria [and] pays for different types of training.” The new GI Bill provides three separate types of benefit payments...
  • New GI Bill Provides Increased Educational Benefits

    07/28/2008 5:47:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 142+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, July 28, 2008 – The latest GI Bill considerably improves the opportunity for today’s servicemembers to obtain their education, a senior Defense Department official said. President Bush signed the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 on June 30. The new law mirrors the tenets of the original GI Bill, which gave returning World War II veterans the opportunity to go to any school they wanted while receiving a living stipend, Bob Clark, the Pentagon’s assistant director of accessions policy, said. “The original GI Bill was said to be one of the most significant social impacts of the...
  • How will the Post-9/11 GI Bill impact you?

    07/07/2008 5:26:30 AM PDT · by xzins · 7 replies · 506+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 5, 2008 | Tom Philpott
    With the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 signed into law June 30, military members and veterans crave information on whether, when and how they will gain access to the richer education package, known also as the Webb GI Bill or the Webb-Hagel GI Bill. Keith M. Wilson, director of education service for the Veterans Benefits Administration, gave refreshingly direct and detailed answers during a Military Update interview July 2. Wilson said the VA also has a pamphlet on the new GI Bill posted at its website,, and a toll free number, 1-888-GIBILL1, for follow-up questions. Here are...
  • [President]Bush Signs New GI Bill into Law

    06/30/2008 11:40:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 329+ views ^ | June 30, 2008 | Bryant Jordan
    WASHINGTON - President Bush today signed legislation ushering in a new era in GI Bill benefits. The legislation, which the Senate last week passed overwhelmingly, is part of a $162 billion war spending bill. "We are very excited that after 18 months of working on the GI Bill that it's been passed into law," said Patrick Campbell, legislative director for IAVA. "Now veterans everywhere will see their opportunities greatly expanded." The administration has opposed the new GI Bill on the grounds it would be too expensive, while the Pentagon has been concerned the more generous benefits - including a free...
  • Webb's Post 9/11 GI Bill

    06/21/2008 7:55:13 AM PDT · by pctech · 28 replies · 500+ views ^ | 06/21/2008 |
    Lately I've emailing anyone on Capitol Hill who will listen about the new GI Bill that should be going to the President for signature as part of the defense funding package. While this bill goes a long way towards addressing a shortfall in educational benefits for military members, it doesn't do enough for older veterans like myself who have not served since 9/11. I can't post the comparison chart for everyone to see because I don't know how so I included the URL above for everyone to click on, but I wanted to know your take on the matter. The...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 6-20-08

    06/20/2008 6:16:56 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 51 replies · 100+ views
    President Bush made a statement this morning on the recent bill passed by Congress. (Transcript) Yesterday the House passed a responsible war funding bill that will provide vital resources to our men and women on the front lines in the war on terror. This legislation gives our troops the funds they need to prevail without tying the hands of our commanders in the field or imposing artificial timetables for withdrawal. Congress is also very close to granting retroactive immunity to phone companies who help (and have helped) intelligence agencies monitor foreign terror suspects—something that Democrats have vehemently opposed. It will...
  • Student-Veterans Come Marching Home: A New GI Bill for Scientists

    06/12/2008 2:12:33 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 107+ views ^ | 6 June 2008 | Alan Kotok
    "This is a different kind of war." --Representative Harry Mitchell Student-Veterans Come Marching Home: A New GI Bill for Scientists Alan Kotok United States 6 June 2008 Since World War II, the U.S. government has offered education benefits to veterans through a series of "GI Bills" both as an incentive to encourage military enlistment and as a "gesture of gratitude" to young men and women who serve in the military. But, since the WWII era, these benefits have failed to keep up with the increasing cost of higher education. A new bill--it has passed both houses of Congress but...
  • White House pushes GI Bill compromise on Iraq bill

    06/04/2008 4:03:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 56+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/4/08 | Andrew Taylor - ap
    WASHINGTON - After promising to veto a huge Iraq war-funding bill because it contains unrelated domestic spending, the White House now wants to boost the costs even higher by letting troops transfer ramped up GI Bill education benefits to their spouses or children. The White House is signaling that President Bush could sign the hotly contested and long overdue war funding bill if the benefit transferability provision is added to the 10-year, $52 billion improvement to GI Bill college benefits proposed by Democrats and many Republicans. "It's like the Yogi Berra story: 'I don't like that restaurant. Besides, the portions...
  • Military makes its sacred claim - A GI Bill above Criticism

    05/31/2008 10:25:54 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 7 replies · 415+ views
    FT.COM ^ | May 31st, 2008 | Christopher Caldwell
    You can measure the continuing power shift in Washington by looking at the costly package of veterans’ benefits sponsored by James Webb, the Virginia senator elected on an anti-Iraq war platform in 2006. President George W. Bush has promised to veto the measure. The scene is set for a showdown and Mr Bush is set to lose it. Over Memorial day, the editorial pages of US dailies backed Mr Webb’s bill as the least the country could do for soldiers who have sacrificed so much. A majority of Republican senators joined Mr Webb’s Democrats to render the bill veto-proof. John...
  • Bush Urges Congressional Action on War Funding, GI Bill Expansion

    05/31/2008 10:41:23 AM PDT · by SandRat · 82+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 31, 2008 – With Congress preparing to return from its Memorial Day recess, President Bush used his weekly radio address this morning to urge lawmakers to pass various pieces of pending legislation. Here’s what the president had to say about two defense-related issues: War funding: “Congress needs to pass a responsible war funding bill that puts the needs of our troops first, without loading it up with unrelated domestic spending. Our troops in Afghanistan are performing with courage and honor, delivering blows to the Taliban and al-Qaida. Our troops in Iraq have driven al-Qaida and other extremists...
  • All the Views They Spit Into Print

    05/27/2008 8:37:38 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 2 replies · 67+ views
    Big Lizards ^ | 5/26/08 | Dafydd
    Traduce: v.t.; to cause humiliation or disgrace to by making malicious and false statements; to make defamatory statements about: asperse, backbite, calumniate, defame, malign, slander, slur, tear down, vilify. It's a vile word. It combines slander and vilification, the essence of what the Bible calls "bearing false witness." A traducer is a person without a conscience, without a chest; a hollow, soulless spirit. Stitching together the worst segments of a harpy and a demon, traducers are sociopaths who literally feel absolutely nothing for their fellow men and women but contempt. They are unable to conceive of other human beings as...
  • Mr. Bush and the G.I. Bill ( Barf Alert! )

    05/26/2008 3:09:20 PM PDT · by kellynla · 16 replies · 213+ views
    new york times ^ | May 26, 2008 | staff
    President Bush opposes a new G.I. Bill of Rights. He worries that if the traditional path to college for service members since World War II is improved and expanded for the post-9/11 generation, too many people will take it. He is wrong, but at least he is consistent. Having saddled the military with a botched, unwinnable war, having squandered soldiers’ lives and failed them in so many ways, the commander in chief now resists giving the troops a chance at better futures out of uniform. He does this on the ground that the bill is too generous and may discourage...
  • Vanity/Question: Did Obama serve any time in the (U. S.) armed forces?

    05/09/2008 6:51:09 AM PDT · by Mach9 · 104 replies · 640+ views
    Several days ago, on one of the Fox News nonprimes (possibly the Kelly/Hemmer 5:00 election show), a brand new Obama-declared super-delegate (sorry, I didn't get her name or state!) announced in answer to a question about BO's elitism that he could hardly be considered elite because he went through Columbia & Harvard on the G. I. Bill. This wasn't challenged. I've found no reference to BO's military service anywhere, nor can I imagine how the G. I. Bill could have helped him otherwise.
  • The Democrats' Poison-Pill Plan for the Military

    05/09/2008 4:12:36 AM PDT · by army2008 · 10 replies · 60+ views
    Right Up Front ^ | May 9, 2008 | Aaron Schwitters
    Let's say you're a young person working for a large, well respected corporation with a very pronounced global presence and an acute need for an increased workforce. Your job is difficult, but also very personally fulfilling. Despite the fact that you love your job, you find yourself thinking about moving on. Sensing this, your boss comes to you and says: "I hear you're thinking about quitting. We really value your work and we need you to stay. It's hard to find qualified employees like yourself so we'd definitely like it if you stayed on. But, just so you're aware, if...
  • McCain charts own course to boost GI benefits

    05/01/2008 12:21:49 PM PDT · by RDTF · 6 replies · 82+ views
    yahoo ^ | May 1, 2008 | Gordon Lubold and Jill Carroll
    Washington - Vietnam War veteran Sen. John McCain calls the American GI bill that gave a generation of soldiers an opportunity to receive an education "one of the greatest things about the 20th century." But he disagrees with prominent colleagues about how and how much those benefits should now be expanded for a new crop of veterans. Senator McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, wants to expand the GI bill but his differences with Sen. James Webb (D) of Virginia, who has been pushing for new legislation for months, reflects the growing tension over how to help veterans returning...
  • Questions surround Senator Jim Webb's proposed G.I. Bill

    04/14/2008 1:49:35 PM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 102+ views
    WAVY TV-10 ^ | 12 Apr 2008 | WAVY
    Virginia Senator Jim Webb says there's growing support for his G.I. Bill. The bill would pay the college tuition for many military veterans who have served since the 9/11 terror attacks. The Bush administration and defense department have concerns. They say the costly bill could also cost the military when it comes to re-enlistment rates. On the grounds of the College of William & Mary, Army Veteran Corporal Harry Bethke talks about his future. "I sent out all these applications, all at once and I got approved for 7 out of 9." He says the campus is a stark contrast...
  • Webb urges McCain to sign onto GI bill

    03/19/2008 4:47:44 PM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 571+ views
    The Hill ^ | 19 Mar 2008 | Roxana Tiron
    Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) is calling on presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) to sign on as a co-sponsor to his GI bill, which would improve educational benefits to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “McCain needs to get on the bill,” Webb told reporters after a Christian Science Monitor breakfast meeting on Wednesday. He said legislation mirroring the post-World War II GI bill should not be considered a “political issue.” Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Il.), the Democratic presidential candidates, both have signed on to the bill. In a major coup for...
  • Anti-military activists have too much say at schools (Corvallis, Oregon)

    02/22/2008 1:42:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 537+ views
    Corvallis Gazette-Times ^ | February 21, 2008 | Pat Wray
    Some columns write themselves. Some are a struggle and leave me confused, conflicted and a little angry. This is one of those. It started out as a tongue-in-cheek look at the recent action by the city council in Berkeley, Calif., to oust the U.S. Marine Corps recruiting office and brand the Marines “uninvited and unwelcome intruders.” I planned to compare the situation in that strange city with our fairly-liberal-but-not-ridiculously-so approach here in Corvallis. Then I started doing research. I learned that an anti-military organization has access to our high school students equal to that of the U.S. Armed Forces. The...
  • A Post-Iraq G.I. Bill

    11/09/2007 1:10:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 184+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 9, 2007 | JIM WEBB and CHUCK HAGEL
    MEMBERS of Congress and other political leaders often say that the men and women who have served in our military since 9/11 are the “new greatest generation.” Well, here’s a thought from two infantry combat veterans of the Vietnam era’s “wounded generation”: if you truly believe that our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are like those who fought in World War II, let us provide them with the same G.I. Bill that was given to the veterans of that war. In terms of providing true opportunity, the World War II G.I. Bill was one of the most important pieces of legislation...
  • Iraq vets say Pentagon is denying benefits

    10/04/2007 9:15:19 AM PDT · by doc30 · 23 replies · 1,062+ views
    KARE 11 News ^ | 10/4/2007 | Scott Goldberg,
    Iraq vets say Pentagon is denying benefits When they came home from Iraq, 2,600 members of the Minnesota National Guard had been deployed longer than any other ground combat unit. The tour lasted 22 months and had been extended as part of President Bush's surge. And 1st Lt. Jon Anderson says he never expected to come home to this: A government refusing to pay education benefits he says he should have earned under the GI bill. "It's pretty much a slap in the face," Anderson said. "I think it was a scheme to save money, personally. I think it was...
  • Veterans still haven't seen college money

    11/11/2005 5:09:55 PM PST · by Dubya · 3 replies · 369+ views
    Knight Ridder Tribune News ^ | Nov. 10, 2005 | ALISON YOUNG
    WASHINGTON - More than a year ago, Congress passed a law giving extra college money to as many as 175,000 veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan and other actions in the war on terrorism. Specifically targeting activated members of the reserves and National Guard, the benefit is worth as much at $827 a month. But as a second Veterans Day goes by, not a single check has been mailed and most reservists haven't even applied for it. The program remains in bureaucratic limbo. The Department of Defense is still creating a database of eligible veterans that the Department of Veterans Affairs needs...
  • Veteran's Benefits Act of 2004 (The VA Home Loan Program Changes)

    01/06/2005 11:42:38 AM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 18 replies · 796+ views ^ | December 15, 2004
    The Veterans Benefits Act of 2004, was signed by the President on December 10, 2004. This new law makes some significant changes to the Veterans Home Loan Guaranty Program. The Veteran's Benefit Act of 2004 includes the following changes to the VA Home Loan Program: Increases the maximum loan amount to $359,650 Expands the eligibility for Specially Adapted Housing Grants. Re-instates the Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) Program Expands the eligibility for waiving the VA Funding Fee Increased Maximum Guaranty Amount The law changes the maximum guaranty amount of $240,000 to a new limit for a single family residence of $359,650....
  • Education: Veterans Upward Bound

    12/14/2004 3:11:56 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 1 replies · 185+ views
    Get an Education Jump Start! Like many veterans, you have probably avoided going to college because you feel you lack the needed academic skills. After all, it's been years since you went to school. Thanks to the Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Program you don't have to let your rusty academic skills keep you from getting your degree and pursuing the career of your dreams. Veterans Upward Bound is a free U.S. Department of Education program designed to help you refresh your academic skills and give you the confidence you need to successfully complete your choice of college degrees.
  • America's Choice: The prsident must now use his political capital shrewdly, by Michael Barone

    11/04/2004 5:39:01 AM PST · by OESY · 6 replies · 822+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 4, 2004 | MICHAEL BARONE
    ...Mr. Bush... has called... for personal retirement accounts in Social Security. His opponent John Kerry, the darling of the self-regarding intelligentsia, called for the brain-dead policy of no change in a Social Security regime that any sensible person understands is in the long run unsustainable. Mr. Bush wants something better. Mr. Bush has also called for an expansion of market-based health-care reforms like health savings accounts. And he has called, in exceedingly vague terms, for broad-based tax reforms, freeing up savings from taxes to encourage investment and wealth accumulation. ...Mr. Bush... has risked giving his policy proposals too little political...
  • GI Bill Still Important 60 Years Later

    06/22/2004 3:52:11 PM PDT · by Dubya · 4 replies · 170+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | June 22, 2004 | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, June 22, 2004 – Times were tough. The nation was slowly emerging from the Great Depression when World War II flared up in 1941. Before the war, the unemployment rate hovered at 15 percent, more than 11 million homes didn't have running water or electricity, and fewer than 50,000 taxpayers earned more than $2,500 a year, according to Census Bureau statistics. After the war, thousands of Americans were flocking to colleges and vocational schools, buying homes, farms and businesses – all thanks to the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, which became known simply as the GI Bill. President Franklin...
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    12/28/2002 12:03:29 AM PST · by SAMWolf · 122 replies · 3,717+ views
    U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. We hope to provide an ongoing source of information about issues and problems that are specific to Veterans and resources that are available to Veterans and their families. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel free to address their specific circumstances or whatever issues concern them in an atmosphere of peace, understanding, brotherhood...
  • G.I. Bill flags reservist's bid to buy home

    06/17/2002 4:36:15 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 5 replies · 138+ views
    The Nashua Telegraph ^ | June 17, 2001 | Stacy Milbouer
    The Fourth of July is quickly approaching and no doubt an exuberant display of patriotism will be part of this first Independence Day since the tragedy of Sept. 11. The huge American flags will not have to be dug out of mothballs; they’ve been flying proud since September. The “God Bless America” bumper stickers are already in place on the pickups, and the red, white and blue “Proud to be an American” T-shirts have been broken in for months. But Tim, a 39-year-old staff sergeant in the Army Reserve, thought he’d be celebrating the Fourth in his new house –...