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GI Bill Sends Vets Back to School

Posted on Aug 3, 2009
US Navy / MC1 Tiffini M. Jones

More than 100,000 veterans have already submitted claims under Sen. Jim Webb’s new GI Bill, which aims to pay for the college tuition, housing and books of students who served in the military after 9/10/2001. That number is expected to hit 500,000 in the program’s first year.

President Obama was on-hand Monday to celebrate the bill’s enactment, framing it not just in terms of coming through for veterans, but as a social program that will help America compete in the global marketplace.

“And we do this not just to meet our moral obligation to those who’ve sacrificed greatly on our behalf and on behalf of the country,” Obama said. “We do it because these men and women must now be prepared to lead our nation in the peaceful pursuit of economic leadership in the 21st century.” He went on to say, “We owe a debt to all who serve. And when we repay that debt to those bravest Americans among us, then we are investing in our future—not just their future, but also the future of our own country.”

Americans are all for social programs, whether health care, education benefits or jobs programs, as long as they have something to do with the military.

There’s an interesting twist in the bill: Veterans who go back to war can transfer the benefit to a spouse or kid.

Read the full text of the president’s speech here.

Read AP’s take here.

More details on the program from the White House, the Defense Department and the VA.

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By freeyourmind, August 4, 2009 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment
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please, I personalty know adults with 4 year degrees that are working at walmart,sheeple wake up it is not about education, its about jobs. which are being shipped over seas to cheaper labor.the middle class is being eliminated. this is a class war people and it didn’t happen by accident.


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By Big Wes, August 4, 2009 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment

It’s not about providing an education to these veterans who are returning home from serving their country, it’s a measure that will keep some of them out of the job market for a few years.  This lessens the competition for the few good jobs there are right now…

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By ChaoticGood, August 3, 2009 at 9:57 pm Link to this comment

If we are serious about a competitive America in the future, then education is essential.  After the LONG NIGHTMARE of Republican control, we are coming to our senses.  I hope it continues.

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By Bridgett, August 3, 2009 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment
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This is a lie. The headline should read “the GI Bill Sends SOME Vets back to School.” I served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and because of when I served - 2003 and 2006 - I will have 70,000 worth of debt from my education.

Thanks, Congress, a little too late for HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of us. Convenient they don’t mention it is NOT retroactive to 9/11 - it only counts if you are getting your education AFTER Sept 2009 - so for all those vets that served and are done with their eduction - a big middle finger from Congress to you.

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By boggs, August 3, 2009 at 4:59 pm Link to this comment

I’m pleased that we are going to make education easy for the Vets, but shouldn’t we do this also for the FIREMEN thru-out the US? Their job is dangerous and not a bit political.
Frankly, I think all education should be free to everyone.
With the internet, we’re almost there!

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