Last month President Barack Obama signed the new G.I. Bill 2.0 that eliminated many inconsistencies and exclusions found in the previous Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, and enhanced the benefits for veterans and active duty personnel wanting to return to school.
There are plenty of stories ideas that can come from knowing what the new law entails:
- Disabled Veterans: Raising monthly vocational rehabilitation benefits by nearly $800 per month. This will help 21,000 disabled veterans be able to afford to live and go to school.
- Improved Tuition Benefits: Simplifying the confusing tuition cap system and increasing the benefit rate in 45 states. More than 58,000 students will now receive higher tuition benefits.
- Distance Learners: Granting over 25,000 full-time distance learners, a monthly living allowance, including disabled veterans, single parents who provide at-home childcare, and rural veterans.
- Vocational Training: Authorizing New GI Bill benefits for apprenticeship and on-the-job training. This will help more than 6,000 veterans participate in vocational training.
- Trade Schools: Approving benefits for students studying at trade schools such as a fire academy, truck driving school or a barber college. Approximately 6,000 students will now be able to attend a trade school next year.
- Full Time National Guard: Including full-time service in the National Guard as qualifying service toward New GI Bill eligibility. This will help over 85,000 previously excluded National Guardsmen.
- Active Duty: Granting more than 19,000 active duty servicemembers using their GI Bill benefits an annual book stipend of $1,000 per year.
- New Recruits: Saving new enlistees to the military $1,200 by not requiring them to sign-up for the old and inadequate GI Bill. This will help 180,000 new service members per year.
Not only will the New GI Bill 2.0 extend benefits to 400,000 additional veterans and families, it includes a provision that will protect student veterans from predatory for-profit schools.