A GI Bill for the Military of the 21st Century
"A modernized GI Bill is the best way to honor our commitments to those who risked everything by putting on their country's uniform"
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell commended the Senate Friday for passing the GI Bill, which includes a provision to provide transferability of education benefits from a member of our Armed Forces to their spouse or child. Senator McConnell strongly supported the provision, which was included in the Supplemental Appropriations bill that passed the Senate late Thursday.
"Higher-education costs have risen sharply, and GI Bill benefits haven't kept up. The men and women in uniform who have bravely stepped forward to defend our country deserve more," McConnell said. "This legislation gives the members of our Armed Forces the ability to transfer their educational benefits to a spouse or child."
According to the most senior enlisted member in each service, the transferability of education benefits is one of the most requested benefits by men and women in uniform. The provision supports not just members of the military but also military families. A service member who may not want to pursue higher education could continue to serve, knowing that his GI Bill benefits will benefit a son or daughter when they go to college. Or a spouse could go back to school and start a new career.
"A modernized GI Bill is the best way to honor our commitments to those who risked everything by putting on their country's uniform. It helps not just the individual soldier, sailor, airman or Marine, but all of us, as we gain a better educated and more successful citizenry," McConnell said.