GI Bill Legislative Update

June 28, 2011 | Terry Howell

According to the VA, the system updates needed to implement the Post-9/11 GI Bill (known as GI Bill 2.0) are on track to hit the August and October deadlines. However, there are at least three bills in Congress which would change these changes. (See below for a list of pending changes)

The most promising of these bills, H.R. 1383, the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011, was passed quickly by the House, but is currently awaiting action by the Senate. If passed, H.R. 1383 will temporarily authorize the VA to cover the tuition and fees for veterans attending non-public education and training institutions that have tuition and fees which exceed $17,500 a year.

HR 1383 and the Senate version (S.745 – offered by Sen, Chuck Shumer (D-NY)) would add back in the “hold no harm” element to the law, which was removed during the mark-up process last year. The Shumer version of this bill was recently passed by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and is now back to the Senate. A vote was not yet scheduled at the time of this update.

Let Congress know how you feel about this legislation.

Another bill, H.R. 2002, would expand Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability to cover those who have been retired due to disability or medical reasons and allows retirees to make the transfer within 36 months of their retirement. This bill was referred to subcommittee on June 24, 2011.

Let Congress know how you feel about this HR 2002.

Unfortunately, the Post 9/11 GI Bill Payment Restoration Act (HR 1451), is not getting any traction in the Congress. Introduced by Representative Susan Davis (D-CA), on April 8, 2011, the bill would repeal the portion of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 and in effect reinstate the “interval pay” or living expense stipends paid during school breaks. This bill would affect the greatest number of veterans, however, it appears to have stalled in Committee in late April.

Let Congress know how you feel about HR 1451.

Here is a quick summary of the pending Post-9/11 GI Bill changes include the following:

Read all of the changes in detail.

About Terry Howell

Before becoming the Managing Editor for Military.com, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.

Comments

  1. Forseth says:

    Can Academy grads still not take advantage of any GI bill benefits and pass the benefit on to their kids????

  2. I am a current POST 9/11 GI BILL user (Masters Degree) and have heard every step of the way that after a Academy grads commitment has been served and they reup for a second commission period they are eligible for the POST 9/11 Bill. Essentially, your first stint of your commission after graduation (first tour) repays for yoru Academy benefits and then you get the GI Bill after signing up for your second tour.

    • That is correct…An academy grad has a five year payback tour. If the academy grad reenlist then after 90 days he/she would be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. But remember, as of 8/1/11 active duty benefits are tierred based on the number of days of qualifying service which in your case would be the number of days after your 5 year payback.

  3. I spent my 12 month tour in Iraq between my 58th and 59th birthday. At 60 I reached mandatory retirement in November of 2006. I now find that I cannot pass on my benefits to my daughter who entered college in August of 2009. Can any of these new bills give me relief.

    • Navyair says:

      Mike,

      No, sorry. You had to be on a/d after Aug 2007 to do benefits transfer. They did not change that in this round. Otherwise, this Sailor would be all over it too. (Mandatory retirement May 2007…missed it by THIIIIIS much.)

      Thanks for your service.

  4. Ben Robles says:

    I retired last year 1 Oct 2010 and was Active Guard Reserve (AGR) for over 28 years. I’m I eligible for the new GI bill that Pres Obama signed effective 1 Aug 2011.

  5. Why if my husband was active duty for 7 years and left the GI Bill under our children's names not change it into his spouses name because he's not active duty anymore??? Things change and now I'm back to school taking out loans because he can't change it because he's not active duty anymore.

    • Navyair says:

      Dawn,

      The way the law was written, he needed to enroll both you and the kids (even 1$ would have worked) to transfer benefits amongst you. If he had only put 1 kid down, the other kids would have been ineligible.

      Sadly, it is not the way you want it to be, but that is the way the law was written.

      BTW, the law got me too…I was required to retire in May 2007 due to statutory requirements of retiring at 30 yrs. Since I wasn't on active duty in Aug 2007, I could not transfer my GI bill to my daughter…so I'm paying for her college.

      I already have a couple Masters degrees (1 paid for myself, and War
      College) so it is unlikely I will use the GI bill for much.

      Sorry to learn of your troubles

  6. I'm currently getting my medical retirement after the Navy found my UNFIT. I was told during TAP and DTAP that I can transfer my Post 911 to my daughter, if that correct?

    Thanks