New G.I. Bill Signed by Bush on June 30

Hog forwarded this first part from Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans of America….(note from Dee: Bush also signed a bill yesterday for WAR FUNDING — $162 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, enough to fund the war into next year.)

Dear mike,

Today, history was made.

Just this morning, President Bush signed the new GI Bill into law. Since we are only a few days away from celebrating the 4th of July, this milestone is a fitting way to honor our veterans who have bravely served this nation.

IAVA has led the fight for the new GI Bill from the beginning, and your dedication over the past year and a half ensured that our lawmakers kept it a top priority. Over 20,000 of you called your representatives in Congress, spread the word in your communities and signed the petition Thanks to your hard work, we finally achieved our goal.

Generations of veterans to come will benefit from this bill. Your support in this fight has been overwhelming- very few bills in recent history have received such an outpouring of public support.�Together, we can be extremely proud of this victory.

In a few days, we’ll let you know more about this remarkable bill and how IAVA plans to help veterans take full advantage of these new benefits.

Thank you for standing with IAVA throughout this fight.


Paul Rieckhoff
Iraq Veteran
Executive Director
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Also I found this from the Associated Press:

GI BILL – $63 billion over 10 years for increased college aid for military service members and veterans who served after Sept. 11, 2001. The value of the benefit is more than doubled _from $40,000 to $90,000, enough to cover a full four-year college education in most cases. The new benefit would provide full in-state tuition and fees for enrollment in a public college, a monthly housing stipend and $1,000 per year for books and supplies. People who serve three years would receive the full benefit; those with shorter enlistments would receive between 40 percent and 90 percent of the benefit. The benefits could be transferred to a service member’s spouse or children.


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One Response to “New G.I. Bill Signed by Bush on June 30”

  1. dragonflydm Says:

    While I agree that the IAVA has been a very strong supporter of the new G.I. Bill, it always sticks in my throat– like when I eat a too much peanut butter at once and it just won’t go down– when someone claims to have “led the charge.”

    Many organizations supported this Bill: from the VA to the American Legion. From large corporations to individuals who wrote their congressmen. If find it disingenuous that one organization would immediately release credit for something that they had only a tertiary role in.

    Perhaps the IAVA (and organization that I like and support) should be sending out thanks to Senator Webb for writing this Bill, and for everyone that supported it.

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