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New GI Bill Salutes Dedication of America's Troops

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NEW GI BILL SALUTES DEDICATION OF AMERICA'S TROOPS

Enhances Educational Benefits for U.S. Armed Forces & Veterans

Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today praised the enactment of a new GI Bill for America's troops serving since 9/11. The legislation, which Berkley voted to pass, was signed by the President this morning.

"This is truly a GI Bill for the 21st century and it salutes the dedication of America's troops, including the more than 15,000 brave Nevadans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Included in this package are enhanced educational benefits that will cover the cost of a four year college education for all those who have served three years since 9/11. The new GI Bill also extends these important educational benefits to members of America's National Guard and Reserve," said Berkley, who serves on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

The GI Bill for the 21st Century increases education benefits for all those who have served at least three months on active duty since 9/11, including troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"By covering the cost of a four-year college education for those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, we are giving these men and women the same opportunity to attend college as those who fought in World War II. This bill will provide returning members of the armed forces with the tools they need to succeed in the workplace and will strengthen our economy for the future," said Berkley.

Under the new GI Bill , those who have served for three years or more would qualify for the full educational benefit. Those who have served between three months and three years of active duty would qualify for a proportion of the full benefit. The law also allows the transfer of unused educational benefits to the wives and children of troops who have served for six years and have signed an additional service agreement of at least four years.
Those supporting modernization of the GI Bill included: The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America, Student Veterans of America, National Association of Black Veterans, Military Officers Association of America, Non-Commissioned Officers Association, National Association for Uniformed Services, and National Guard Association of the United States.


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