(Washington D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement today after President Obama signed an executive order that takes action against deceptive practices targeting educational benefits for servicemembers and veterans. Senator Murray recently introduced similar legislation that increases transparency in order to help VA educational beneficiaries make informed decisions about the schools they attend so they get the most out of their GI Bill benefits. The bill would also require that VA and DoD to develop a joint policy to curb aggressive recruiting and misleading marketing aimed at servicemembers and veterans using the GI Bill.
“I’m pleased that the President is moving aggressively to help us give servicemembers and veterans the tools they need to make good decisions about utilizing the GI Bill benefit. Given the sad truth that there are those looking to take advantage of our student-veterans, it’s critical that we give our servicemembers and veterans the resources they need to make decisions that will ultimately affect the quality of the education they receive and the jobs they get after graduation. I look forward to working with the President to ensure that our student-veterans can realize the full promise of the GI Bill Benefit.”
NY Times Editorial on Chairman Murray’s bill: A Good Education With the G.I. Bill