Time Limits Removed from GI Bill Education Benefits
On August 17, the VA Office of Economic Benefits announced that the president signed into law the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the “Forever GI Bill,” named after the American Legion national commander who wrote the original GI Bill language in 1944. This legislation contains 34 new provisions, the majority of which will enhance or expand education benefits for veterans, servicemembers, families and survivors.
Notably, veterans who transitioned out of the military after January 1, 2013 will no longer be limited to the 15-year deadline to use their GI Bill benefits – hence the bill’s nickname, “Forever GI Bill.” This law also restores benefits to veterans impacted by school closures since 2015, and expands benefits for reservists, surviving dependents, and Purple Heart recipients.
“We see Congress’s overwhelming bipartisan support as a major accomplishment for our nation’s veterans. The original GI Bill has long been considered an enormous success by historians, politicians and economists for its impact on the post-war economy and capital investment. The passage of this bill ensures that generations to come will carry forward that success,” said Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under-Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Veterans Benefits Administration.
For more information, visit the official VA Benefits website.