There is growing support in Congress for boosting college education benefits for the veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "When you compare the educational benefits that the men and women who serve in Iraq receive as opposed to World War II veterans, these guys today are not getting a fair shake," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. "I think we owe it to them, we owe it to our nation." WCAX News reported that Sanders is a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation that would pump more money into the G.I. Bill to cover full educational benefits for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. A member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Sanders said the increase would cost about $2.5 billion a year -- about what the U.S. spends in one week waging the war in Iraq.
The Post 9-11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act would apply to those who have served on active or "full-time" active duty since Sept. 11, 2001. Full benefits would cover the equivalent of a four-year education. The law also would provide a monthly living stipend and give veterans 15 years, instead of 10, to use their benefits.
To read the WCAX News report about an Iraq war veteran attending the University of Vermont, click here.
To read a Christian Science Monitor report on legislation to increase education assistance for veterans who served after September 11, 2001, click here.