From: The Honorable Jody B. Hice
Sent By: caryn.hamner@mail.house.gov
Date: 4/22/2016

Ensure our veterans have the information they need about their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits!

Cosponsor the Protecting Veterans’ Educational Choice Act of 2016

Dear Colleague,

There are currently over one million student veterans using their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to pursue their educations, and that number is only expected to increase over the next several years. The Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit is the most generous education benefit our nation has ever offered, and our veterans have earned every dollar of it. Despite the benefit, many veterans still end up having to take out student loans to cover the full cost of their education.

In many cases, this is due to situations where veterans don’t realize – or have been misled by college recruiters – that credits earned at one institution of higher learning won’t transfer to another school until after they are in the transfer process and have already expended a significant portion of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

My bill, the Protecting Veterans’ Educational Choice Act of 2016, would help prevent situations where veterans – many of whom are first-generation college students – are surprised by this aspect of higher education.

This bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to include information about the educational services available to veterans to all veterans seeking to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. In addition, it would require VA counselors who provide educational or vocational counseling to inform the veterans about the various agreements that exist between schools that govern the transfer of credits.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits help to repay the debt we owe our veterans. Ultimately, decisions regarding how and where to use these benefits are rightfully left to those who served our country so bravely. At the same time, it is incumbent upon Congress to ensure that our veterans are as informed as possible about the benefits and opportunities they have earned.

If you have any questions or would to become a cosponsor, please contact Caryn Hamner in my office at (202) 225-4101 or via email at caryn.hamner@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

 

Jody B. Hice

Member of Congress