INHOFE PRAISES INCREASED GI EDUCATION BENEFITS
U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced that he is an original cosponsor of the Enhancement of Recruitment, Retention, and Readjustment Through Education Act (S.2938), which was introduced late yesterday.
"I am strongly encouraged by the positive effects this bill will have on our service members and their families," Inhofe said. "This will not only benefit our troops, but the military as a whole by providing additional recruiting incentives."
This act would expand the current Montgomery GI Bill by increasing education benefits for active duty personnel to $1500 per month, with gradual increases of this amount to $2000 per month after 12 years of service.
"These selfless men and women will now have an even greater opportunity to further pursue an education once leaving the military," Inhofe said.
Inhofe also praised the inclusion of a provision that will allow service members to transfer benefits to their spouses or children, saying, "Military spouses and children share in the significant sacrifice and commitment of our troops and this legislation will afford them the opportunity to also share in the benefits." Up to 50% of accrued benefits after 6 years of service, and 100% after 12 years of service will be available for this purpose.
National Guard and Reserve members called into active duty after September 11, 2001 will receive an increased benefit, totaling $1200 per month. Other Guard and National Reserve members will also see increased benefits.