Continuing Education for Service Members and Their Families

By Mindy K. Urueta

educationFew government programs have delivered on America’s promise as a land of opportunity as thoroughly as the GI Bill. When it was signed into law in June 1944 as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, it offered a college scholarship to all those who had served in uniform, regardless of front-line combat status. In the decades after the original bill was passed, benefits sadly fell far behind the cost of university tuitions, prompting former senators Jim Webb (D, VA) and Chuck Hagel (D, NE) to draft a new GI Bill that would offer soldiers full tuition at any state school. The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (GI Bill 2.0) was signed into law by President George W. Bush on June 30, 2008.

In the years since, the details of the act have been fine-tuned to benefit the largest number of military veterans and their families as possible. In December 2010 Congress passed the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010. The new law expands eligibility for members of the National Guard to include time served on Title 32 or in the full-time Active Guard and Reserve (AGR).

The GI Bill 2.0 provides education benefits for service members who have served on active duty for 90 days or more since Sept. 10, 2001 and benefit payments are tiered based on the amount of creditable active-duty service since Sept. 10, 2001. At a minimum, service members must have served at least 30 days of continuous active duty service after Sept.… Read the rest

Source: MMS