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Oct 27
2014

by iava_content
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the new #VetQ initiative. The program, launched in July 2014, uses a collective approach by the Veterans Services Organizations and the VA to answer questions for veterans on Twitter.

Along with IAVA, participating organizations include:

by iava_content
Implementation of some changes to the Gunnery Sgt. David Fry Scholarship Program are coming earlier than expected: As of November 1, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications from Gold Star Spouses to participate in the program.

by iava_content
The following is a guest post from IAVA’s partner organization, Service 2 School (S2S). S2S is dedicated to helping veterans gain admission to the undergraduate and graduate programs of their choice. At S2S, we follow a peer to peer mentorship model where vets help vets, as no one knows how to do this better than we do. Our services are free and we invite you to learn more and sign up at our website,
www.service2school.org.

by Ryan Tomlinson

I would like to offer my fellow soldiers this cautionary tale, and truly hope other service members are able to learn from my experience.

When I returned from active duty in Iraq, I planned to use my Post-9/11 GI Bill to get an education and begin a career in law enforcement. My plans seemed hopeful as I enrolled in a college that offered the flexible schedule I needed and promised a solid education leading to a great career.

by Ryan Tomlinson

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs has just taken steps to remedy a loophole in the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). The program, created by the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act in 2011, was specifically designed to provide education assistance to unemployed veterans ages 35 – 60 that were not eligible to receive GI Bill benefits.

by Ryan Tomlinson

Since the passing of the Post 911 GI Bill, military veterans can use the resource for apprenticeships, on-the-job training and trade schools.

Military-friendly schools are described as educational institutions that offer incentives such as flexibility, student support and value for active duty military members and veterans interested in higher education. Identifying military-friendly schools requires research, as the military does not have an official list of its own.

by Ryan Tomlinson
Education benefits for our Post-9/11 community are constantly evolving.

by Ryan Tomlinson
It’s that time of year again—a new semester, new registration for classes, and a new eligibility form for GI Bill payments from the VA. College is a time for new beginnings for many returning veterans.

by Ryan Tomlinson
A recent report of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) suggested some interesting findings concerning VA education benefits. About 5 percent of the schools in the report received more than $3.8 billion in VA education payments—over 60 percent of all Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits.

by Ryan Tomlinson

Interested in learning what it takes to get into the business program of your choice or simply looking to take the GMAT and want to discuss best practices to prep? The Graduate Management Admission Council, which owns the GMAT exam, is bringing together more than 65 of the best business schools from around the world for a virtual online fair.

by Ryan Tomlinson

August marks the Fourth Anniversary of one of the most instrumental transition benefits for veterans - The Post-9/11 GI Bill. Since its implementation, nearly one million veterans, service members, and family members have taken advantage of this transformative investment.

by Ryan Tomlinson
1. As our veterans return home over the next few years, we as a nation have an obligation, and more rightly an opportunity, to prepare the next greatest generation for success. The Obama Administration put out a call to action—bringing together a diverse group of government partners—to help with the transitioning phase of service men and women. Born from this, was the Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force, launched with leadership from the DoD and VA.

by Ryan Tomlinson

by iava_content
By Alex Nicholson

The United States has one of the most well educated and education-minded fighting forces ever. Many new recruits come into the force - both the enlisted and officer ranks - already with college degrees, and most have ambitions to continue their education both during and after military service. Needless to say, educational opportunities are important to those who serve, which is why the GI Bill has been a critically important benefit to our veterans and an important investment for our country for more than a half-century.

Apr 10
2013

by Ryan Tomlinson
OnlineCourses.com is an aggregate of the best free and open courseware for students and professionals. It provides a convenient platform to search various courses and share progress from over 500 university and college level classes globally.

Apr 1
2013

by Ryan Tomlinson
Transitioning veterans have a world of decisions in front of them when they return home from service—one of which may be continuing education or starting down a new path towards a career outside their military occupational specialty. There are many things that one must consider when choosing the right educational institution.

by Ryan Tomlinson
The Pentagon recently announced the reinstatement of Tuition Assistance across the services. If you have been keeping up, the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines suspended TA as part of cuts in accordance with sequestration.

by Tom Tarantino
UPDATE 3/19/13: In response to the failure of their amendment to reach the Senate floor, Senators Inhofe and Hagan have boldly decided to continue pushing forward with a stand-alone bill to restore funding for the Tuition Assistance program for service members. The new Senate bill should be introduced today.

by Ryan Tomlinson
Sequestration has sunk its teeth into the Marine Corps with reductions in spending.

by Ryan Tomlinson
1. Post-9/11 GI Bill payments are set to increase on August 1, 2013. The new private and foreign school tuition and fee cap will be increased to $19,198 for the 2013 – 2014 academic year. This is a 6.2% increase over the current limit and is twice the increase since the last change for the 2012 – 2013 cap. This rate is determined by the average rise in cost of undergraduate tuition.

by Ryan Tomlinson
A promise was made to our country’s veterans back in 1944—A promise of hope and a brighter future. President Franklin D.

by Tom Tarantino
Mark Twain once said (although he credited Benjamin Disraeli) that "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." This was not a point about honesty, but of the awesome power of statistics to back up any argument -- true or false. Numbers have power -- they make people pay attention -- so they often sway public opinion, thereby creating a profound impact on public policy.

by Tom Tarantino
You would think that after four school years of handling the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the VA would have worked out the kinks to processing a benefits claim. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. According to Stars and Stripes’ Leo Shane, the GI Bill backlog is not only huge, it’s worse than ever.

by Tom Tarantino
Like most students in college, service members and veterans can find themselves saddled with student loan debt. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2008 the average student debt for graduating active duty service members was about $26,000.

by Tom Tarantino
The New York Times has released a great tip sheet for vets about college admissions. Check it out here!

by iava_content
With a still struggling economy and a persistently high unemployment rate, the value of a college degree and what it represents are more critical than ever. Fortunately for veterans, the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is a game-changing benefit, allowing them to earn a degree that will in turn improve their chances of securing employment and more, importantly, a career.

by Mark Finelli

“I don’t know what to do, man.”

“Just be little more patient, buddy. Trust me.”

My friend Paul Rieckhoff said just a little more patience. I tried to mentally rely on that, but, quite frankly, I’d lost faith in most things.

by Tom Tarantino
During IAVA’s Storm the Hill 2012, we asked Congress to protect the GI Bill by supporting legislation that would prevent predatory for-profit schools from aggressively targeting veterans. On Tuesday, the Attorneys General from 21 states asked Congress to do the same by closing the loophole in the 90-10 rule.

by Tom Tarantino

Testimony of Tom Tarantino
Deputy Policy Director
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
Hearing on Executive Order No.13607
May 16, 2012

by Kate OGorman

The new GI Bill is under attack. Predatory for-profit schools are targeting veterans’ benefits through aggressive and deceptive marketing campaigns. They work hard to get veterans enrolled and their benefit checks in the bank, but don’t provide important services like career and academic counselors while veterans are on campus. Without this support, many for-profit schools have extremely high drop-out rates. And, they aren’t delivering quality educations. Many veterans try to change schools and are told their credits won’t transfer with them. Others graduate only to find that their degrees don’t qualify them for the jobs they want.

by Kate OGorman

Some for-profit schools are targeting veterans’ education benefits because it means more money in their pockets. A loophole in the 90-10 rule – a key piece of law created to restrain for-profit schools – gives for-profit schools a big incentive for targeting veterans’ benefits.

by Nick Colgin

On the verge of graduating with an English degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, I can't help but look back and think about all the mistakes I made in my transition from war to college. Obviously, I must have done something right if I made it this far, but for the life of me I can't figure out how I went from surviving to succeeding. Despite my own cluelessness, I feel it is my duty to the veteran community to put together a tip sheet to help other veterans obtain a degree. Since I didn't do much right in regards to school, I guess instead of a tip sheet, this could be viewed as a "don't make the same mistakes as me" piece.

by Jeff Hensley

When I came home from Iraq in 2007, I was one of the lucky ones. I had a civilian job waiting. I had a wife and kids. I had a nice house in a good neighborhood. I also had a depression that I couldn’t seem to shake. It didn’t take long for things to unravel.

by Matt Colvin

IAVA members are hitting the books thanks to a new partnership with Veritas Prep, the world's largest private GMAT prep and graduate school admissions consulting company. Thanks to the generous support of Veritas, IAVA is giving out twenty-five (25) GMAT Test Prep Scholarships and twenty-five (25) Graduate Admissions Counseling Scholarships.

by iava_content
2.3 million veterans have paid their dues in Iraq and Afghanistan. And at IAVA, a top priority is protecting 100% of the benefits they’ve earned.

Right now, we’re tracking on two urgent issues facing our community:

by Tom Tarantino

I recently attended a briefing held by Senators Tom Harkin and Tom Carper from the Senate Health Education and Labor (HELP) Committee on a potentially serious threat to student veterans and their families.

by Tom Tarantino

In response to today's pressure, IAVA has just received good news that the Department of Veterans Affairs has chimed in on the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 [H.R. 1383] after talks with the House Veterans Affairs Committee. According to the VA, it will now regulate HR 1383 (pending passage) so that the January 4, 2011 eligibility date will cover all student veterans attending school during the Winter/Spring terms of the 2010/2011 school year. This would not have been possible without your incredible support today urging Chairman Miller to fix the bill!

by Marco Reininger

IAVA has learned that on Monday afternoon the House will vote on the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 [H.R. 1383], also known as the “grandfather clause,” as amended by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Patty Murray. The bill version to be voted on, however, lists an inclusion date of January 4th, 2011, which would exclude all veterans who started school in the spring 2011 semester. Additionally, out-of-state student-veterans attending public institutions and veterans enrolled in high-fee programs like Columbia, Embry-Riddle and others would also be excluded.

by Marco Reininger

Late Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed an amended version the Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 [H.R. 1383]. The bill, also known as the “grandfather clause,” would allow veterans in states that will face a reduction in GI Bill benefits on August 1st to complete their academic programs under the original rates.

by Marco Reininger
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs recently cleared S.745, legislation that would allow veterans at private colleges in seven states to complete their academic programs without seeing their benefit reduced when New GI Bill 2.0 takes effect this August. The House companion bill, H.R.1383, already passed the lower chamber by a 389-0 vote. Now, the Senate needs to demonstrate its support for student veterans across the nation.

by Jacob Worrell
On May 28th, IAVA Member Veteran Jacob Worrell, a combat veteran of the Iraq War and a student of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, addressed the 65th Reunion at Amherst College on the challenges overcome by World War II veterans and the unique issues now facing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Click here to read his speech.

by Don Gomez Jr.
As Veterans, we hold a powerful tool to employ on our quest for a first-rate education: our stories. Our experience in the Armed Forces makes us different from the average student. In the words of a scholarship advisor and friend, we are “exotic.” There’s no getting around this fact. In a country where less than one-percent of the population serves, we represent a tiny portion of society, and people are curious about us. This curiosity can be used to our benefit to help us get the best education possible.

by Marco Reininger
Last week, the House passed H.R.1383 which, if enacted, will allow veterans in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, and Texas to receive their original Post-9/11 tuition and fees rates when changes to the bill take effect this August 1st.

by Tom Tarantino
IAVA's Senior Legislative Associate Tom Tarantino will testify before the House Veterans Affairs Committee at 1pm EST today on pending legislation to reduce veteran unemployment, homelessness and improve benefits for the New GI Bill.

by Tom Tarantino

Last December, the President signed historic improvements to the New GI Bill into law. But there’s still some serious work to be done. For hundreds of thousands of veterans across the country, the New GI Bill is an amazing benefit. However, without swift action from Congress, vets currently enrolled at some private schools may find their tuition coverage coming up short. We’ve heard from a number of IAVA Member Veterans about this problem, and we're sharing your concerns with Congress.

by Tim Embree

IAVA is fighting for a critical update to New GI Bill 2.0 that will exempt veterans currently enrolled in private schools from the new tuition cap if it cuts their benefits. At the same time, we encourage private schools like Columbia University to also participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Designed to complement the New GI Bill, this historic program provides private schools that offer scholarships or grants to veterans with matching funds up to the full cost of tuition.

by Tim Embree

Today, the VA held an important conference call on how New GI Bill 2.0 will empower them to improve processing and delivery of education benefits to veterans over the next semesters. During the call, the VA said it has deployed a new automated system that is delivering faster, more accurate payments to veterans attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

by Tom Tarantino
Specialist Jeffrey Weaver, a Bronze Star recipient and severely injured combat veteran, breathed a sigh of relief when he learned that Congress finally passed a much-needed upgrade to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. SPC Weaver is currently at home recovering from a fractured spine he sustained after being ejected from a moving vehicle. As he recovers, he is struggling to finish his college education on the old and inadequate Montgomery GI Bill. He suffers from vertigo, hearing problems and loss of mobility, and online courses are his only option for higher education. Since online courses were excluded from the New GI Bill’s generous living allowance, however, he had to pay out of pocket for his food and rent.

by Patrick Campbell

Last week, the House passed New GI Bill 2.0 (S.3447) by an overwhelming vote of 409-3! New GI Bill 2.0 will now head to the president’s desk for his signature before the New Year. This critical legislation will help hundreds of thousands of veterans get access to the generous education benefits offered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

by Patrick Campbell
Today, IAVA applauded Congress for passing the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act (S.3447). This critical legislation will upgrade the Post-9/11 GI Bill by expanding benefits to new veterans studying at vocational schools, granting full GI Bill credit to National Guardsmen responding to national disasters and simplifying the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans enrolling at private schools.

by Patrick Campbell

Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that 36 percent of tuition benefits from the Post-9/11 GI Bill are going to for-profit colleges. According to the paper, “the huge program has turned into a bonanza of another kind for the many commercial colleges in the United States that have seen their military revenues surge.” This report comes on the heels of a GAO investigation, which recently exposed a few bad apples in the for-profit school industry that were engaged in predatory recruitment tactics. 



by Patrick Campbell
After two years of hard work and tireless advocacy by IAVA and other veterans groups, the Senate is slated to consider New GI Bill 2.0 as early as today. Yesterday, Majority Leader Harry Reid “hotlined” the bill which will bring New GI Bill 2.0 to the Senate floor for immediate consideration. If this bill passes the Senate, the House could consider the bill as early as next week.

Oct 1
2010

by Patrick Campbell
Welcome to GI Bill orientation for Fall 2010. In this orientation we will explain how to successfully navigate the Post-9/11 GI Bill, including when you can expect to be paid, how much that check should be for and what you can expect to see coming down the pipe this Fall. Please remember that answers to any of your questions we don’t cover here can be found at www.newgibill.org.

by Paul Rieckhoff
Congress forfeited the game - and it's vets who will now lose out.

It's outrageous, but true. Congress shut down a week early for the election season, leaving urgent GI Bill upgrades on the field and unfinished. Because of their inaction, thousands of vets will now be left waiting for their rightly-earned benefits.

by Patrick Campbell
We’re in the red zone and the clock is ticking on the Summer Storm.

Thanks to you, Team IAVA is just a few plays away from a last-minute touchdown for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans: an upgraded new GI Bill. These crucial upgrades will expand educational benefits for thousands of veterans, including those who attend vocational schools.

by Patrick Campbell
Our work on the new GI Bill is not done. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a historic commitment to this generation of veterans and over 300,000 students have taken advantage of this hard earned benefit. But, while some student veterans are on the path to earning themselves a first class future, tens of thousands of veterans are being left behind.

by Patrick Campbell

The VA is now capable of processing 10,000 new GI Bill claims a day, a 500% increase in productivity over last fall. The VA’s new automated system not only accelerates the processing of claims, but it should also dramatically lower the number of errors.

by Patrick Campbell

The VA failed to make the August 1st deadline to publish the new tuition and fees reimbursement chart – and has dropped the ball yet again. Hundreds of thousands of veterans, preparing to start school in the fall, will have no idea how much of their tuition the new GI Bill benefits will cover.

by Patrick Campbell

After months of pressure from IAVA, the VA announced to the Army Times last week that they will be cutting checks to veterans for underpaid living allowances sometime this August.

by Patrick Campbell

Sixty-six years ago this week, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the original WW II GI Bill. This bold legislation helped over 8 million combat veterans attend school. These veterans are now revered as “The Greatest Generation.”

by Patrick Campbell

Considering going to school on the Post-9/11 GI Bill? Beginning this Thursday, IAVA will hold "Office Hours" inside our online social network Community of Veterans to help answer your questions about the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Click here to learn more.

by Tim Embree
Going to vocational school, or serving in the National Guard? Watch this quick video update from IAVA Legislative Associate Tim Embree on a comprehensive upgrade package for the Post-9/11 GIBill just introduced by Senator Daniel Akaka, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and how it will impact you.

by Patrick Campbell

Starting today and going through May 6th, the Veteran Success Jam brings together student veterans, campus leaders and other key influencers from colleges across the country to discuss and develop real solutions to issues facing student veterans. This cutting edge, crowd sourcing discussion will cover topics range from the new GI Bill to the transfer of military service into college credit and your opinion matters and will result in solid recommendations for change.

by Patrick Campbell

Have a webcam and 30 seconds to help a fellow vet? We're creating a short web video featuring IAVA Member Veterans who are using or plan to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill. And we want to hear from you.

by Patrick Campbell

Today, IAVA member veteran and Columbia University student Marco Reininger delivered a powerful testimony before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on behalf of the quarter of a million students using the new GI Bill.

by Patrick Campbell

Chairman Akaka of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs started his opening statement with some good news during a hearing on the implementation of the new GI Bill today.

by Patrick Campbell

Earlier this week Army Times reported that the VA wasunderpaying new GI Bill benefits.The VA had not increased the monthly living allowance to match the new military housing rates that changed on January 1st, as the law requires them to. After months of pressure from IAVA, the VA has announced that they will retroactively pay the higher living allowance rates.

by Patrick Campbell

On April 1st, nearly 6,000 student veterans discovered that the VA had mistakenly withheld up to $500 from their GI Bill checks. Unfortunately, this was not an April Fools’ prank.

by Patrick Campbell

We are hearing from some of our members that the VA’s recoupment of the $3,000 emergency checks got off to a rocky start this week. Just last night we received a number of complaints from veterans that although they set up repayment plans with the VA they were still charged the full $750/month.

by Patrick Campbell

The VA just relaunched their new GI Bill website. It is easier to use and has more GI Bill resources than before. The completely redesigned gibill.va.gov highlights key information such as “Finding a School,” “Applying for Benefits,” and a “Submit a Question” feature all in a simple to use manner.

by Patrick Campbell
The VA is now accepting applications for colleges to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. In order for a school to participate they must submit a Yellow Ribbon Program Agreement form to the VA by May 21st, 2010. The VA publishes a list of yellow ribbon schools each year.

by Paul Rieckhoff

IAVAis in California this week, checking in with veteran members in San Francisco, LA, San Diego and then off to Texas, all huge veteran hubs, but we wanted to give a quick update on where things stand with the new G.I. Bill.

by Patrick Campbell

On Thursday, March 4th, a subcommittee of the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) is set to vote on a number of GI Bill upgrade recommendations, including one of IAVA’s top legislative priorities: living allowances for distance learners (H.R. 950, Living Allowances for Distance Learners).

by Patrick Campbell

On Thursday, IAVALegislative Associate Tim Embree testified in front of the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, asking Congress to approve several key new GI Bill upgrades.

by Patrick Campbell

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that it will launch a nationwide GI Bill advertising campaign to spread the good word about GI Bill benefits. Over the next two months they will be running ads in student newspapers, web banners on social media sites and even putting up "good ole" posters and flyers.

by Tom Tarantino

Are you a new student on the Post 9/11 GI Bill or a second semseter veteran? Click here for a mid-semester update about the claims backlog, emergency payments, new financial aide rules and a rise in tuition benefits that may impact you.

by Patrick Campbell

Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with questions about the new Post-9/11 GI Bill will again be able to get help by phone five days a week starting Thursday. Click here for more details.

by Patrick Campbell

Today, Military Times reported that the Veterans Affairs Department is seeking to recoup $3,000 emergency payments sent last year to about 72,000 veterans whose Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits were delayed — including some active-duty members who were not supposed to get the checks. Click here to read more.

by Tom Tarantino

MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show quoted IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff during its assessment of the shortcomings with the implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The program cited recent news that almost 90 percent of veterans calling the VA’s education benefits call center were never connected to an operator and spotlighted IAVA’s concern over this latest development. Watch the full clip here.

by Tom Tarantino

Earlier this month the VA launched a campaign to aggressively address the GI Bill backlog and has to date processed payment for 72,000 veterans this term. That is more than half of all the claims they processed last fall, and in a lot less time.

by Patrick Campbell

Whether you are a new student fresh to the Post-9/11 GI Bill or a seasoned 2nd semester veteran, here are some actionable intel on how to make your next term go smoothly.

by Tom Tarantino

One click. One big win. It's that easy. IAVA is in the running to win up to $1 million in grants in the Chase Community Giving Challenge, a competition on Facebook. If we get enough votes to win, we're going to use the money to bolster our work helping vets use the new G.I. Bill.

 

by Tom Tarantino

The VA has adjusted the tuition and fee caps for the Post 9/11 GI Bill for the Spring semester to reflect changing tuition and fee charges across the county. Six states are changing their tuition and fee rates and veterans in theses six states will find their benefits change. To see if you are impacted, check IAVA’s updated calculator here.

by Patrick Campbell

The Department of Defense just released their new Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) rates for 2010, which will have a profound effect on Post 9/11 GI Bill living allowance benefits. Click here for details on this breaking development.

by Tom Tarantino
On December 4th, IAVA Policy Associate Tom Tarantino testified before the House Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Economic Opportunity to address issues with the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Watch video highlights from his testimony here.

by Patrick Campbell

The average processing time for Post 9/11 GI Bill claims by the VA has continued to grow and now is just shy of 7 weeks per claim (48 days). This is up from an average of 28 days back in August and 35 days last month. Click here for more details on how this could affect you.

Oct 29
2009

by Patrick Campbell

In preparation for another round of GI Bill claims this upcoming Spring the VA has asked outside contractors to submit proposals on how they could assist the VA in accelerating the processing of GI Bill claims. Learn more about this development here.

by Patrick Campbell

Representatives of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have announced they will be telephoning Veterans across the country to explain their education benefits under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill and ensure beneficiaries are able to receive payments due them. Click here to learn more.

by Patrick Campbell

The VA has released a new YouTube video explaining how student veterans can take advantage of emergency funding if they have not yet received their Post-9/11 GI Bill checks the mail. If you have not received your Post 9/11 benefits yet, IAVA recommends that you apply to take part in this emergency program. Watch the video to learn more.

by Patrick Campbell

On Thursday, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee responsible for oversight of the GI Bill held another hearing on Post-9/11 GI Bill implementation. The VA stated “that any delay is unacceptable” and outlined their process to automate the Post-9/11 GI Bill claims system. IAVA submitted testimony with recommendations that included better outreach, reassessing current staffing levels and upgrading the Post 9/11 GI Bill itself. Click here to read the testimony submitted by IAVA's Chief Legislative Counsel PatrickCampbell.

by Patrick Campbell

Delayed GI Bill check? On Tuesday, VA Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth took to YouTube to explain the process for obtaining VA education benefit advance payments. Click here to watch her video.

by Tom Tarantino

Earlier today, IAVA received a report from the VA that as of Saturday the VA has issued 14,301 GI Bill relief checks in person at VA regional offices and has received 10,605 requests online from student veterans.  The online requests should be processed in three days plus at least three days for delivery.  Click here for more details.

by Patrick Campbell

The VA has responded and some relief may be in sight. Over the last week, IAVA has put significant pressure on the VA to get delayed GI Bill payments out to students. After hearing from us and from veterans across the country who were struggling because of delayed payments, they're instituting a stop-gap measure.

by Patrick Campbell

Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation's first and largest non-partisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, issued a statement in response to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement it will expand outreach to student veterans eligible for up to $3,000 in special emergency payments of their GI Bill education benefits. Starting Oct. 2nd, student veterans can apply online at www.va.gov for emergency payments or request free transportation to the nearest VA benefits office to submit their claim. Click here to read more.

by Patrick Campbell

IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff recently talked to CNN about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decision to authorize checks for up to $3,000 for students who have applied for educational benefits but have not yet received their government payment. Click here to watch the interview.

by Patrick Campbell

We just received word from the VA headquarters in Washington, DC that they will be issuing emergency checks for veterans who qualify for the new GI Bill. Click here to read their statement.

by Patrick Campbell

Facing delays in VA tuition payments to your college or university? Click here to watch an important video blog about navigating the GI Bill process.

by Patrick Campbell

IAVA Member Veteran Jeff Kohler recently spoke to Fox News in Columbus, Ohio about his frustration waiting for GI Bill tuition checks to kick-in from the Department of Veterans Affairs and how delays are forcing some fellow student veterans to dip into savings or take on more credit card debt. Click here to watch.

by Patrick Campbell

IAVA Executive Director and Founder Paul Rieckhoff sat down with CNN Newsroom today to discuss the delay of payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to the colleges and universities of student veterans pursuing their education on the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. Click here to watch.

by Patrick Campbell

Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation's first and largest non-partisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, issued the following statement in response to the delay of payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to the colleges and universities attended by student veterans pursuing their education on the new Post-9/11 GI Bill:

by Patrick Campbell

IAVA has endorsed four pieces of legislation that will help upgrade the Post 9/11 GI Bill and help achieve our goal of a simple, equitable and generous GI Bill for all veterans.  Click here to learn more.

by Patrick Campbell

Post 9/11 GI Bill claims will take on average a month to process, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Friday. From the date a school certifies a veteran’s enrollment to the VA, it takes the VA an average of 28 days to process a payment to the veteran. Processing for the old Montgomery GI Bill has slowed to over 38 days, more than double of last year’s processing time.

by Patrick Campbell

Check out IAVA Member Veteran Aubrey Arcangel's GIBill story and then click here to find out how to submit yours.

by Patrick Campbell

Missed it? On Thursday, VA SecretaryEric Shinseki took to the blogosphere to highlight the economic returns the new Post-9/11 GI Bill will have for our country.

by Patrick Campbell

Earlier this week the VA announced that they reached a deal with the state of California that would help student veterans attending private schools get up to $8,610 more per year toward their education costs. Due to the fact that Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits are based on the most expensive tuition for public schools in each state and that California has traditionally not charged tuition, the VA was originally going to give veterans $0/credit toward their tuition costs.

by Patrick Campbell

Today, the VA issued a critical decision that will help tens of thousands of new veterans attend colleges in California. IAVA led the fight for this fix and we are pleased to see such a prompt and positive response. Click here to read our statement.

by Patrick Campbell

Last night, I sat down with BBC World News America to discuss the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and where it has come since the first bill was passed in 1944. These new benefits will help the next Greatest Generation secure an education. To watch the interview, click here.

by Patrick Campbell

Yesterday, I joined President Obama, VA Secretary Shinseki, Members of Congress and IAVA Member Veterans at a celebration for the new GI Bill, which went into effect on Saturday. With over 125,000 veterans already signed up for the benefit, this is the week we begin building a new generation of American leaders.

by Patrick Campbell

Today, August 1st,  we as a country renew our social contract with our men and women in uniform. We have made them a promise that if they serve their country, we will serve them by sending them to college and securing an education as their full time job. This is the same promise we made to our grandfathers who fought in World War II and Korea, and I have no doubt this new Post-9/11 GI Bill that officially went into effect at midnight last night will help build the next greatest generation.

by Patrick Campbell

Planning on going to college? Or know a veteran who is? Watch this special message from long-time IAVA supporter and NBC "Heroes" Star Milo Ventimiglia to learn more about IAVA's NewGIBill.org and spread the word to friends and family!

by Patrick Campbell

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is honored to offer our support for H.R. 950, a bill that will grant veterans, pursuing their education through distance learning, a living allowance under the new Post 9/11 GI Bill. Click here to learn more.

by Patrick Campbell

Following months of requests, the Department of Veterans Affairs finally released a new video today outlining how the Post-9/11 GI Bill will benefit recently returning veterans. Click here to watch.

by Patrick Campbell

Two major announcements regarding transferring of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits were made last week. First, the President signed into law the war supplemental bill which extends Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children of servicemembers killed on active duty. Second, the Department of Defense issued finals rules regarding transfer of education benefits. Click here for more details.

by Patrick Campbell

California veterans attending one of California’s 277 private colleges will be surprised to learn that they will receive $0 toward their tuition next year under the Post 9/11 GI bill, while veterans at other heavily populated states like Texas and New York can attend almost any private school for free because they will receive $1,330 and $970/credit respectfully.

by Patrick Campbell

IAVA is pleased to see that the VA adopted many of our recommended changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill regulations. The recently published final regulations addressed over half of IAVA’s top concerns, and will ensure thousands of dollars in savings to veterans who will be using this new benefit.  Click here to read the final regulations.

by Patrick Campbell

Today, IAVA submitted a letter to VA Secretary General Eric Shinseki to address a growing stream of questions and concerns from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans about the VA's preliminary tuition and fee caps for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The VA’s interpretation of the law, coupled with poor communication to veterans, is proving both unfair and confusing.

by Patrick Campbell

The new GI Bill is intended to give every Iraq and Afghanistan veteran access to an affordable college education, but the VA’s recently-issued regulations have made the benefit confusing and unfair.  Click here to read more details.

by Patrick Campbell

The VA is poised to implement the new GI Bill on August 1st, less than 200 days from now. But there have been several recent developments with the implementation of the program that are worth the attention of anyone planning to use the new GI Bill, or anyone who cares that veterans get the education benefits they have earned. Read more here.

by Patrick Campbell

Due to the transitory life style of many service members, some unlucky veterans may not meet educational residency requirements, and will be penalized for their service according to rules outlined by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Click here to learn more.

by Patrick Campbell

The new “Post-9/11” GI Bill makes college affordable for 1.7 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, but a number of technical fixes are necessary in 2009 to maximize the GI Bill’s effectiveness.

by Patrick Campbell

Unlike most of the work we do here at IAVA, I have spent the past couple of months training a new cadre of front line aides who will assist in the implementation of the Post 9/11 GI bill. These new GI Bill experts are financial aid administrators at schools across the country, many of whom are a veteran’s only source of information on available education benefits.

by Tom Tarantino

Winning the fight to pass the Post 9/11 GI Bill was a huge legislative victory for IAVA and veterans as a whole. Many inside and outside the system doubted that it would happen, but a cadre of dedicated individuals from IAVA, VFW, Student Veterans and The Military Coalition kept hammering away at congress to ensure that America keeps its promise to veterans.


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