From: The Honorable Jody B. Hice
Bill: H.R. 5047
Support H.R. 5047, the Protecting Veterans’ Educational Choice Act of 2016
Supported by: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military-Veterans Advocacy, Military Officers Association of
America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the American Legion
There are currently nearly 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, H.R. 5047, 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.
H.R. 5047 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to include information about credit-transfer agreements between schools and existing
educational services to all veterans seeking to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. In addition, H.R. 5047 would also require VA counselors who provide educational or vocational counseling to inform the veterans about credit-transfer agreements.
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.
I urge all of my colleagues to support this commonsense legislation. If you have any questions, please contact Caryn Hamner in my office at (202)
225-4101 or via email at email@example.com.
Member of Congress