Senate Approves GI Bill Expansion

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation to expand and update the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The "Forever GI Bill" is a broad effort to better prepare veterans for life after active-duty service amid a rapidly changing job market, The Associated Press reported. It removes a 15-year time limit to tap into GI benefits and increases money for thousands in the National Guard and Reserve. The legislation also restores benefits used to earn credits at closed institutions such as those operated by Corinthian Colleges and ITT Tech, which enrolled a large number of veterans as students.

"This bill invests in the proven success of our veterans," said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee. "When our veterans return home, they should have every opportunity available to them to pursue their desired profession and career."

The House passed the bipartisan measure last week. President Trump is now expected to sign the bill into law.

 

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