Transfer Post: New GI Bill Expands Educational Benefits

The new GI Bill, called the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, expands educational benefits for post 9/11 veterans. Its full provisions are available on the Library of Congress Website. It was proposed and originally sponsored by Senator James Webb (D-VA).

For veterans who have served 36 consecutive months in the military, including Reserve units, since September 11, 2001, the law will cover the full cost of tuition at a state’s most expensive public university, plus a $1,000 per-year stipend for books and supplies, along with a monthly housing stipend based on the college’s location. Check out GI Bill 2008, which contains a run-down of the most expensive public university in each state. For those who have served a shorter time since 9/11, the benefits are pro-rated, starting at 40% for 90 consecutive days of service. The individual’s entitlement to these benefits expires 15 years after the date of his/her last discharge or release from active duty. Benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill will increase immediately by about 20% and the Webb program benefits will begin in August 2009.


2 Responses

  1. This GI Bill has raised a lot of controversy lately and I have been reading that the GI Bill may actually hurt rather than help our fight against Iraq:

    I’d love to get some of your opinions about it.

  2. I don’t see any way the GI Bill will impact the Iraq war one way or the other. We already have soldiers who are over the time limit we used to have for combat posts, and soldiers who would come home if they could. Just because the bill makes it POSSIBLE for soldiers to muster out after three years doesn’t mean they will be allowed to in a time of war.

    As you wrote in your post, the military has been hard pressed in recruitment in the past few years, so if the additional educational benefits aid in future recruitment I would think that would help. The question of unbridaled spending is a huge issue, but doesn’t seem to me to be relevant to any evaluation on the impact on the miltary – more on economics.

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