ROSEN VOTES FOR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE AND EXPAND GI BILL FOR VETERANS
WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement after voting in favor of a bipartisan bill that will help veterans gain expanded access to GI Bill benefits. Congresswoman Rosen is an original co-sponsor for of H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 – better known as the Forever GI Bill – which passed the House by a unanimous vote.
“After serving their country and sacrificing so much, Nevada's military personnel and their families deserve expanded access to higher education. I am happy to see that the Forever GI Bill, which I was proud to co-sponsor, will expand college aid for military veterans and allow new servicemembers to use their educational benefits later on in life. This bill is an important step forward in empowering thousands of veterans with the skills they need to succeed as they transition to civilian life.”
BACKGROUND: H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 will allow veterans to use their GI Bill benefits throughout their life. Current law cuts off benefits 15 years after completion of service. In addition to expanding education credit, H.R. 3218 restores benefits to veterans who attended colleges that shut down in the middle of the semester and provides new eligibility for Reservists and National Guardsmen mobilized to active duty to receive the same Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits as the active duty troops they serve alongside.