Background: The Post-9/11 GI Bill has enabled more than a million veterans to pursue their post-military educational goals. However, certain veterans are precluded from fully utilizing this important benefit. Purple Heart recipients who have bled for our country and were unable to continue serving are deprived of full GI Bill eligibility. Veterans who attend schools that abruptly close are left with credits they can not transfer and without enough benefits to complete their degrees or the financial support to continue their education. More than 25,000 National Guardsmen and Reservists continue to be involuntarily activated without accruing the same benefits as their active duty counterparts, such as Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility. The survivors of service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice are denied eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program, which limits their ability to cover the full cost of tuition. Veterans who do not use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits within 15 years lose their ability to go back to school later in life. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 would fix these injustices and make many more improvements to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Take Action: Contact your members of Congress and urge them to cosponsor and insist that Congress pass the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017. Let them know that the GI Bill is a tremendous return on investment for our nation and is an essential tool to ensure veterans can successfully transition back to civilian life after military service.