Got Your 6 Celebrates Senate Passage of “Forever” GI Bill

Largest GI Bill expansion in decade heads to President’s desk

Washington, D.C (August 2, 2017) – Got Your 6 today celebrated the Senate’s bipartisan passage of H.R 3218, The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, commonly referred to as the Forever GI Bill. The unanimous vote came a week after the House’s unanimous passage of the legislation. The bill addresses the exclusions and shortcomings of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which left thousands of veterans and Gold Star families without full education benefits. The Forever GI Bill, which has the support of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, now heads to the President’s desk where it is expected to be quickly signed into law.

“The Forever GI Bill is proof that even a divided nation can come together to support our veterans and their families,” said Lauren Augustine, Director of Government Relations for Got Your 6. “This comprehensive bill will provide millions of current and future veterans and their loved ones the peace of mind knowing the education benefits they’ve earned are secure. Since the beginning of this effort, Got Your 6 was excited to be a part of the coalition working to gain the support of dozens of Members from both parties who understand our nation’s responsibility to those who served. We are particularly grateful for the leadership of Chairmen Isakson and Roe, Ranking Members Tester and Walz, Majority Leaders McConnell and McCarthy, and Minority Leaders Schumer and Pelosi for getting this important bill across the finish line.”

The Forever GI Bill includes the following highlights:

  • Extends full Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to all recipients of the Purple Heart;
  • Restores lost Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to service members affected by school closures;
  • Extends the Yellow Ribbon Program to survivors receiving the GI Bill through the Fry Scholarship;
  • Eliminates the 15-year time limit veterans have to utilize their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits; and,
  • Opens up the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Vocational Rehab program to Reservists and National Guardsmen who served or will serve on active duty under 12304, 12304(a), and 12304(b) orders.

The Forever GI Bill is also supported by a diverse coalition of veteran and education non-profit members, including:

Air Force Association
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers American Association of Community Colleges
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Council on Education
American Legion
American Logistics Association
American Military Retirees Association
American Military Society
American Retirees Association
AMVETS
Armed Forces Marketing Council
Association of American Colleges & Universities
Association of American Universities
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Association of the United States Navy
Blue Star Families
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association
Coast Guard Enlisted Association
Concerned Veterans for America
Disabled American Veterans
Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States
Generation Progress
Got Your 6
Higher Ed, Not Debt
Higher Ground Veterans Advocacy
Ivy League Student Veterans Council
Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Military Child Ed Coalition
Military Officers Association of America
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Military Order of the World Wars
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators
National Guard Association of the U.S.
National Guard Association of the United States
National Military Family Association
National State Approving Agencies Association of America
Non Commissioned Officers Association
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Reserve Officers Association
Reviresco
Service Year Alliance
Society of Military Widows
Square Deal for Veterans
STEM Education Coalition
Student Veterans of America
Swords to Plowshares
The Flag & General Officers Network
The Retired Enlisted Association
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Travis Manion Foundation
Veterans Education Success
Veterans for Common Sense
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vietnam Veterans of America
Warrior-Scholar Project
Wounded Warrior Project

For more information visit www.forevergibill.org.

About Got Your 6
Got Your 6 unites nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners to empower veterans. We believe that veterans are leaders, team builders, and problem solvers who have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country. As a coalition, Got Your 6 works to integrate these perspectives into popular culture, engage veterans and civilians together to foster understanding, and empower veterans to lead in their communities. For more information, visit gotyour6.org.

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