On Thursday, March 9, 2012, Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), author of the landmark Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, today introduced bipartisan legislation to preserve those veterans’ education benefits from abuses by certain schools. The Military and Veterans Educational Reform Act of 2012, cosponsored by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Scott Brown (R-MA), would make critical reforms to protect the integrity of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and military tuition assistance. It would require schools participating in educational assistance programs through both the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense to meet the same educational standards currently required for other federal funding.
“Requiring VA and DoD to take more measures that will help our veterans make the best use of their education benefits is most welcome,” said Fang A. Wong, National Commander of The American Legion. “Senator Webb’s bill addresses our organization’s concerns about this matter, and helps ensure that those who qualify for G.I. Bill benefits are provided enough information to help them make sound decisions when choosing their schools.”