BERKLEY VOTES FOR BETTER GI BILL
Enhances Educational Benefits for America's Troops
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) voted Thursday in favor of a new GI Bill that will provide full college scholarships to returning servicemembers. As a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Berkley has fought to enhance educational opportunities and resources for current vets and the men and women serving in America's armed forces.
"I am proud to support this modernization of the GI Bill which will give more of our troops the financial assistance they need to pay for college or advanced technical training," said Berkley. "Our plan fully restores education benefits for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to the level available after World War II and it honors the promise we made to our men and women in military uniform. Enhancing educational benefits will give our returning troops the tools they need to succeed in the workplace, including careers outside or inside the U.S. military."
Congresswoman Berkley also urged the White House not to veto the legislation, which has the support of major veterans' organizations, including the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
"I am disappointed that President Bush and his allies in Congress would even question the need to improve and expand the educational benefits provided to our armed forces through the GI Bill. There is no excuse for anyone to stand in the way of this effort and I would hope the White House would change course and support our efforts to expand educational opportunities for those serving in the U.S. military, especially our National Guard and Reserve," said Berkley.
The new GI Bill restores full, four-year college scholarships to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to help make them part of an economic recovery like the veterans of World War II.
Under the bill, servicemembers returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, who have served three years on active duty, would receive benefits to cover the costs of a four-year education up to the level of the most expensive in-state public school. Education benefits would be available to troops who have served at least 3 months of active duty since September 11, 2001, including members of the National Guard and Reserve.