Educational benefits for our servicemembers and veterans are important to ensure they have the opportunity to earn a graduate degree or a professional certification, or learn new skills to assist in their military career or their transition from the military to the civilian sector. During the 111th Congress, Schiff supported the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, which was signed into law (P.L. 111-377) on January 4, 2011. This legislation revised certain provisions of the Post-9/11 Veterans' Educational Assistance Program, to increase eligibility, including through National Guard service, revise assistance amounts and types of approved programs of education, expand the list of allowed educational programs, expand payments for licensing, certification, admissions and placement tests, and provide additional living allowance for veterans with service-connected disabilities.
During the 112th Congress, Schiff has also co-sponsored the following legislation that will improve the educational benefits for our military servicemembers and retirees:
· Post 9/11 GI Bill Dependent Coverage Improvement Act(H.R. 614): Allows transfers of Post-9/11 education benefits to eligible children up to age 26.
· Puerto Rico Opportunity to Serve Act(H.R. 1000): Increases the number of appointees who can attend the service academies (U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy), from Puerto Rico, from 5 to 15. This bill will give Puerto Rico more equality with the states in the number of constituents who can attend the service academies, based on population.