By J.G. Noll
Two elected officials from Idaho are hoping to change part of federal law in the Post 9/11 GI Bill. US Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced H.R. 1112, the Shauna Hill Post 9/11 Education Benefits Transferability Act, February 16. Senator Mike Simpson (R-ID) also filed a companion bill in the Senate the same day.
If passed, H.R. 1112 would allow a reassignment of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits if the designated beneficiary dies.
The bill is named in honor of Shauna Hill, the daughter of retired Navy Captain Edward Hill. At the age of 16, Shuana was in a two-car accident and passed away before being able to use her father’s education benefits. After Shauna’s death, the Hills tried to transfer the GI Bill to their other daughter but were unable to do so. Federal law prohibits reassigning a beneficiary after retirement.
The Hills reached out to Labrador in hopes that he could help them navigate the intricacies of the law. When Labrador’s office was unable to help, Labrador decided to pursue a change through legislation. The bill is four years in the making.
According to The Idaho Statesman, “Labrador’s office says the proposed legislation has the support of a dozen other congressmen and has been endorsed by the Concerned Veterans for America.”
As of February 17, the text for H.R. 1112 is not yet available on Congress.gov. To track this proposed amendment, click here.