The GI Bill is one of the most useful benefits available to veterans, but there have been an increasing number of cases of misuse and misrepresentation by universities and colleges looking to attract servicemembers. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs has taken a step to prevent potential abuse by trademarking the phrase "GI Bill," according to Stars and Stripes.
It may seem like a small move, but it's an important one. By being awarded the trademark, the VA now has more leverage to bring cases against schools that may be participating in unscrupulous misrepresentation to reap the benefits of the GI Bill. The trademarking comes after President Barack Obama laid out plans to limit deceptive marketing earlier this year.
"We will continue to support our veterans by helping them obtain the best education of their choosing – a right for which they have bravely served, and which they have truly earned," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "We all want veterans to be informed consumers in their educational pursuit."
The Post-9/11 GI Bill has some of the most far-reaching benefits for troops. Among its most helpful aspects is that it pays full tuition and fees for public, in-state schools.