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GI Bill Benefits Expanded

By August 21, 2017 VA Disability

President Trump is expected to sign the Forever GI Bill, and it will cost more than $3 billion over the next 10 years.

Veterans Affairs Secretary, David Shulkin, stated: “It restores benefits to veterans who were impacted by school closures since 2015 and has special benefits for our reservists, surviving dependents, and Purple Heart recipients.”

Veterans will also no longer have a 15-year limit on educational benefits for new enlistees.  

Some other changes include:

  • Veterans whose colleges closed in the middle of the semester will get restored benefits;
  • Expanded benefits emphasize STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math degrees) programs through financial initiatives;
  • All Purple Heart recipients since September 11, 2011 are eligible for educational benefits;
  • New service members may use the benefit throughout their lifetime so long as they were discharged on or after January 1, 2013;
  • GI Bill entitlements may be transferred to another dependent or spouse upon the serviceman or servicewoman’s death.