Department of Veterans Affairs Launches New GI Bill Assistance Tools
By Katerina Athanasiou
The Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), Defense, Education, and Justice, as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission have launched an online compliant system to collect feedback from veterans, service members, and their families when they are having trouble using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Veterans can report when they feel their school is engaging in unfair or deceptive practices. The agencies will then contact the school and work towards a solution. In doing so, this resource holds educational institutions accountable.
In addition, the VA launched a GI Bill Comparison Tool. Veterans can use it to learn about 10,000 schools and training programs they can attend with the Bill, and estimate how much it will cover.
These tools are part of a larger effort made by the VA in response to an executive order President Obama made, which asked agencies to implement and promote “Principles of Excellence” for educational institutions that interact with veterans and their families. These tools are meant to provide information so service members, veterans, and their families can make informed decisions.
For more information, visit www.benefits.va.gov/.