Saturday, December 18, 2010

DAV National: Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act Passes Congress, Sent to President

S. 3447 Passed House and Sent to President

Thank You for Your Action and Support!

S. 3447, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, passed the House and was sent to the President on December 16, 2010. We have been working with both chambers of Congress to improve the Post 9/11 GI Bill, particularly in making a housing stipend available to Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) participants. It is largely due to your efforts that this bill was passed during this Congress.

This bill will expand and improve upon the Post 9/11 GI Bill that went into effect last year and it will simplify and improve benefits in a fiscally responsible way. Specifically, the Act will enable veterans to now use their benefit for vocational and on-the-job training, expand eligibility for the benefit to National Guardsmen who are activated for domestic assistance, provide Active Duty troops with additional assistance to purchase books, and provide severely injured veterans and their caregivers with additional time to use their benefits. Section 205 of S. 3447 would allow veterans with service-connected disabilities that participate in a program of vocational rehabilitation under chapter 31 of title 38, United States Code, who are also entitled to Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits, to choose whether to receive the monthly housing stipend payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill or a monthly subsistence allowance. This bill is in accordance with DAV Resolution No. 099, passed at our most recent National Convention.

As always, DAV thanks you for your advocacy on behalf of sick and disabled veterans.

--Lisa Bogle, Legislative Staff, DAV, Washington, DC


  1. Before thanking or giving thanks to DAV or anyone else who supported and voted on this bill, maybe they should have thought about how this affects the many veterans that are already undergoing an education at a university or college. The way this bill is written, I know of over 500 veterans that are going to be basically stripped of the education that we are recieving right now. Come August 1st, there is the 99% chance that I will not be able to continue my education and will have wasted a year of my benefits because of this bill. Way to go morons. Instead of robbing Peter to pay Paul maybe you should just pay Paul. Dont take from many to give to the few. Just give them what is owed and dont hurt everyone else. This is just like the lame-duck congress that has been affecting this country for many of years.

  2. There are many detrimetal effects on the Chapter 33 veteran education program from this new law. The unfortunate fact is it appears that the lawmakers used a "Pay-Go" guideline that they won't dare use on their own sacred cow legislation loaded with billions in earmarks for their own districts. What hypocrites; if DAV is not giong to take not of these "defects" and raise some ire, they are complict and defective themselves.