NAICU Washington Update

Expanded GI Bill Benefits Cross Final Legislative Hurdle

The Senate has given final approval to the FY2008 Iraq-Afghanistan supplemental appropriations bill, sending the measure to the president, who has indicated he will sign it. This measure, approved June 26, includes the provisions of the "Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act," expanding GI Bill benefits, and allowing the transfer of those benefits to family members. The bill also provides a dollar-for-dollar federal match to private colleges that want to give veterans an additional boost to their GI benefits, above the increased amount already provided in the new bill. (See WIR, 4/28/08, 5/12/08, 5/28/08, 6/14/08.)

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