This Veterans' Day we want to take a look at what's really being done to help our veterans
Every Veteran’s day, you see your Facebook feed filled with images commemorating Veterans and thanking them for their service. But what is really being done to help our Veterans who have given so much to serving this country?
Now you can see what’s in the works with these 4 bills from democrats and republicans in Congress that relate to veterans issues. Let us know which bills you think would work best, which you want to see passed and which bills you would like to see introduced.
“Establishes a 3-year pilot program that would enable up to 250 GI Bill benefit-eligible veterans who apply to the program to start a new business or purchase an existing business or franchise,” according to the sponsor.
“The VET Act proposes an innovative way to support veterans in their professional development by offering veterans a choice in accessing the resources, training and support they need to pursue the American dream to start a small business, create jobs, and generate growth in our economy.”
Sponsors: Senator Tom Carper [D, DE] and Jackie Speier [D, CA-14] – Bipartisan –
“Would close a loophole that allows for-profit schools to avoid having to secure at least 10 percent of their revenue from non-federal sources.”
From our Hill Sources: Under current law, for-profit schools must follow the “90-10 rule” which requires them to obtain at least 10 percent of their revenues from sources other than taxpayers. However, current law leaves open a loophole that allows for-profit institutions to count military and veteran educational assistance, including tuition assistance and Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, as non-federal revenues.
Sponsor: Rep. Marc Veasey [D, TX-33]
“Would provide additional authority to the Veterans Affairs Secretary to grant funds to post 9/11 veterans seeking to obtain a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields,”according to the sponsor.
Sponsor: Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R, OH-2]
“Would cap flight training fees paid for by the GI Bill at $20,235 a year,”according to the sponsor. “Some flight schools discovered there was no limit to what they could charge veteran students taking flight school courses. Unfortunately, as a result, some private contractors have exploited this loophole to leverage uncapped fees to charge upwards of $500,000 per student.”
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