GI Bill Watchdog Legislation Passes Senate

Dec 20 2012

Bill will provide servicemembers and veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and other VA education programs, with resources to make informed education decisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed legislation giving servicemembers and veterans access to information to help them make informed decisions about schools in order to get the most out of VA education benefits.  Chairman Murray worked with House and Senate Members, veterans groups, and higher education stakeholders to develop legislation that would require VA to develop a comprehensive policy to improve outreach and transparency to veterans and members of the Armed Forces through the provision of information on institutions of higher learning.   

“The Post-9/11 GI Bill has offered tremendous opportunity to so many veterans since it was passed in 2008,” said Chairman Murray. “But like any benefit, we need to constantly monitor and improve on it to ensure that our veterans are getting the treatment that they deserve. I am grateful my colleagues in the Senate have joined me in supporting a bill that is designed to ensure our veterans have the facts to make informed decisions about the school they will attend. We can’t allow them to get anything less than the full potential of this benefit – because so much is riding on it.”

“The VFW has worked diligently for the last year, building consensus among veterans’ groups and education advocates to ensure that we arm our student-veterans with quality consumer information and consumer protections when they seek to use their earned G.I. Bill benefits,” said VFW Executive Director Bob Wallace. “We’re proud to see that the Senate has taken this issue seriously by passing HR 4057, and we thank Sen. Murray for continuing to serve as a vocal advocate for our veterans.”

"IAVA is pleased by the Senate's passage of HR 4057," said Tom Tarantino, the chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. "This bill will help ensure that veterans using the GI Bill will have the tools and consumer protections that they need to make the best choice for their educational future."

"This bill is another result of the House and Senate working together -- across party lines -- to have the backs of new veterans. IAVA would like to thank Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Rep. Jeff Miller and Sen. Patty Murray for their leadership and their hard work to ensure that every veteran who uses the GI Bill will continue to have the opportunity at a first class future," Tarantino added.

The bill will now move on to the House of Representatives.