Make Education More Accessible for our Servicemembers and Veterans
Cosponsor the Veterans Priority Enrollment Act of 2017 (HR 1793)
Please join us in becoming a cosponsor to make education more accessible for our servicemembers and veterans by cosponsoring the Veterans Priority Enrollment Act of 2017. Our veterans and servicemembers should not have to worry about getting a certain credit or signing up for a specific class before their GI bill benefits expire throughout their education. We should be doing everything in our power to make it easier for our men and women in uniform to get a stress free, quality education.
Our bill would make it so any universities, community colleges or other educational institutions that offer priority enrollment, similar to what is often available to student athletes, must also make it available to our veterans and servicemembers. It does not require education programs begin a priority enrollment program to be eligible for GI Bill benefits. It simply requires that if this benefit is already being administered, then our Veterans, servicemembers and their dependent family members receiving this benefit deserve this consideration.
The men and women who selflessly served our nation were promised an opportunity for higher education with the GI Bill, and this legislation would ensure that they can do so without delay and before their benefits expire. Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, benefits are limited to up to 36 months. If a student veteran is shut out of required course work prior to their benefits expiring, he or she may not be able to attain a degree or could be forced to pay tuition and fees out of pocket.
These patriots have given and are giving so much to our country – please join us in supporting their education goals. To become a cosponsor of the Veterans Priority Act of 2017, please contact Valerie Broznak in Congressman Ryan’s office at email@example.com (x55261) or Bill Hibbs in Congressman Costello’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org (x54315).