Sen. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee for governor, released the following statement today upon implementation of the new GI Bill, which provides expanded higher education access and benefits to veterans who served after 9/11. Senator Jim Webb and former Senator John Warner joined President Obama and Vice President Biden at George Mason University to celebrate the release of funds to the new veterans program.
"As I visit with Virginia's veterans today at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, I'm excited that the next generation of veterans will gain access to higher education benefits with implementation of this new GI Bill. Virginia is home to one of the largest military populations in the country, and I'm proud that their service and sacrifice will be honored and rewarded today.
"I congratulate Senator Jim Webb, chairman of Veterans for Deeds, who introduced the bill in Congress and worked across the aisle with Senator John Warner to produce this historic legislation. The new GI Bill gives many Virginia veterans and their families much needed higher education assistance, including full tuition and fees, money for books and a monthly housing stipend.
"As we celebrate today's achievement, I will continue to work with Republicans and Independents on behalf of Virginia's active military personnel and honored veterans to improve the services we provide."
As Governor, Sen. Deeds will:
Support Virginia's Wounded Warrior program
Build a World Class Support Network for Veterans Treatment
Help Veterans Afford College
Eliminate Red Tape and Accelerate the Benefits Claims Process
Expand Job Opportunities for Virginia's Veterans
Assist the Families of Deployed Guardsmen and Reservists
Provide Tax Relief for Disabled Veterans
Ease Transitions for Families Affected by Military Transfers