IAVA supports new bill to help vets go to school


The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides some of the greatest education benefits available to servicemembers, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), along with a trio of senators, recently unveiled legislation looking to improve it. The GI Bill Consumer Awareness Act of 2012 is aimed at giving soldiers the tools necessary to identify which schools are best for them.

The bill was put forward by the IAVA and Senators Patty Murray, Daniel Akaka and Mark Begich, and in addition to making it easier for troops to find career-ready institutions, it also has some other, broader goals. In particular, it will prompt the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to come up with a policy to end unscrupulous recruitment practices by for-profit schools.

"Some of these schools are failing to deliver the quality job training, skills, or education that our country promised our vets - and leaving too many vets to foot the bill," IAVA Founder and Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff said. "IAVA refuses to let these practices jeopardize the entire future of the New GI Bill, which we fought so hard for."

The measure could be a large step forward in helping lower the unemployment rate among veterans. An IAVA survey found that the rate was about 17 percent, much higher than the civilian population.


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