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‘Troop Tax’ For GI Bill Sparks Outrage (967 hits)

For the Record with Greta 4/20/17
‘Troop Tax’ For GI Bill Sparks Outrage

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America CEO Paul Rieckhoff tells Greta Van Susteren the proposal is “a whole new level of stupid out of Washington.” Duration: 3:51
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Thursday, April 20th 2017 at 9:18PM
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Would you look at this BULL💩, The republicans what to do to our VETS.

Thursday, April 20th 2017 at 9:20PM
Deacon Ron Gray
I can't believe this even came up or why would a Republican law maker would like to see this bill become LAW, in the first place. WOW!!!

Friday, April 21st 2017 at 12:53PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Veterans are split on their views of this bill.
Friday, April 21st 2017 at 2:14PM
Steve Williams
What makes you say this? This is a whole new level of STUPID coming out of Washington NOW!!!

Their is no split from my VFW local on this issue. We all say "NO" to this latest action.

Friday, April 21st 2017 at 7:08PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Why I say it is because of what I heard from a veteran this morning on Fox.
Friday, April 21st 2017 at 8:25PM
Steve Williams
You might hear anything on FOX NEWS. Did you see this material? Take a look and get back with me.

Friday, April 21st 2017 at 8:52PM
Deacon Ron Gray
I can't find the video but what he said was that until recently it was something that was paid into.
Friday, April 21st 2017 at 8:54PM
Steve Williams
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 is Title V of the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008, Pub.L. 110–252, www.congress.gov/bill/110th-congress/house-bill/2642, an Act of Congress which became law on June 30, 2008.[1] The act amended Part III of Title 38, United States Code to include a new Chapter 33, which expands the educational benefits for military veterans who have served since September 11, 2001. At various times the new education benefits have been referred to as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the 21st Century G.I. Bill of Rights, or the Webb G.I. Bill, with many current references calling it simply the new G.I. Bill. President George W. Bush signed www.congress.gov/bill/110th-congress/house-bill/2642 into law on June 30, 2008.[2]

The law is an effort to pay for veterans' college expenses to a similar extent that the original G.I. Bill did after World War II. The main provisions of the act include funding 100% of a public four-year undergraduate education to a veteran who has served three years on active duty since September 11, 2001. The act also provides the ability for the veteran to transfer benefits to a spouse or children after serving (or agreeing to serve) ten years.

This bill was written, introduced and guided to passage by Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, who introduced it on his first day in the Senate in January 2007. Webb's hope was that these benefits would help current veterans as much as the original G.I. Bill helped the Greatest Generation in shaping America.

The original Post-9/11 GI Bill's provisions went into effect on August 1, 2009.


Friday, April 21st 2017 at 8:58PM
Steve Williams
STEVEN, Did I not ask you to view this material and get back with me, then why are you giving me information from The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 when this issue is about a bill being introduce this month in 2017?

Great information STEVEN but wrong topic.

Now I ask you again to view this material and get back with me, if you want but don't try again to mislead this topic again, OK!!!

Friday, April 21st 2017 at 9:42PM
Deacon Ron Gray
I'll view your video Ron that as usual you are already hiding behind. I also heard this veteran on Fox say that the bill would allow the enlistee to opt out of the education benefit. A TAX isn't something one can opt out of.
Friday, April 21st 2017 at 10:09PM
Steve Williams
I watched your video Ron. It told me nothing.
Friday, April 21st 2017 at 10:16PM
Steve Williams
The main benefits include:

Four academic years (36 months) of educational tuition benefits for an approved program up to the cost of the most expensive in-state undergraduate public tuition in the state the Veteran enrolls, currently, ranging from approximately $3,500 in Wyoming to over $450,000 in Utah Southern Utah University Professional Pilot Program helicopter side. The amount received depends on the number of months the veteran served on active-duty service on or after September 11, 2001. The minimum requirement is service of at least 90 days, which entitles the veteran to 40% of the educational benefit.
Additional tuition at more expensive private schools under the "Yellow Ribbon" program allows participating institutions to share the cost (as of 2008, one to one) with the federal government up to 100% of the expense.[3]
A monthly living stipend based on housing costs of a service member of pay grade E-5 with dependents, based on zip code of learning institution. This rate varies greatly nationwide; the current rate for New York City is $2,744, while the same rate for El Paso, TX is $917. Veterans attending schools online or through correspondence will not receive this benefit if their entire enrollment is in distance or online learning. The veteran will be entitled to the stipend if at least one course is classified as "in-residence".[4][5]
A benefit eligibility period of 15 years after leaving active duty (compared to 10 years in the current Montgomery G.I. Bill).
International education programs outside the US are eligible. (US national computation for institutions without a US Campus)
Elimination of the $1,200 program enrollment fee paid by the veteran at the beginning of military service currently required by the Montgomery G.I. Bill. There is also a one-time payment of additional assistance, paid concurrently with the disbursement of the final month of benefits, which refunds either all or portions of the original $1,200 enrollment fee; the refund amount depends both on the amount contributed, up to $1,200, multiplied by the percentile balance of remaining benefits when electing to convert to Chapter 33.
An annual stipend to cover other education costs (e.g., books, supplies, fees) of up to $1,000.
Up to $2,000 towards one-time licensing or certification test, not charged against the 36-month entitlement.

Friday, April 21st 2017 at 10:21PM
Steve Williams
Hey STEVEN, this subject is about the current proposed bill and not the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

You claimed you watched the material Ron. It told me nothing. OK, if you watched this video, what was the chairman's name who sponsored this new GI bill?

Friday, April 21st 2017 at 11:31PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Are you in support of this new bill STEVEN?

Friday, April 21st 2017 at 11:46PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Show me the text of the new bill.
Saturday, April 22nd 2017 at 7:43AM
Steve Williams
How many G.I. bills have there been. How does the proposed bill compare with the Montgomery G.I. Bill?
Saturday, April 22nd 2017 at 7:47AM
Steve Williams
You claimed you watched the material Ron. It told me nothing. OK, if you watched this video, what was the chairman's name who sponsored this new GI draft of a bill?

Why are you asking me this question, when all you got to do is look at this video, stop being LAZY STEVEN OR ARE YOU THAT SLOW?
Saturday, April 22nd 2017 at 8:28AM
Deacon Ron Gray
Update, April 21:

According to a VFW spokesman, this bill does not yet have a sponsor.

Today, the House veterans’ committee announced that it postponed the April 26 subcommittee hearing where this proposal was scheduled to be discussed.


Saturday, April 22nd 2017 at 10:26AM
Steve Williams
That is great news for our nations veterans.

Saturday, April 22nd 2017 at 5:53PM
Deacon Ron Gray
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