By Team MO
The House Committee on Veterans Affairs passed a bill Wednesday that will allow all Purple Heart recipients to gain access to post-9/11 GI benefits, if it’s signed into law. HR 1379, introduced by Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), gives access to educational benefits previously denied some service members.
Currently, veterans can only use the GI Bill if they have completed at least 36 months of active duty or are medically retired. Some Purple Heart recipients were discharged before they were able to serve for 36 months, according to Peter’s staff.
The bipartisan bill would apply to 1,200-1,500 current Purple Heart recipients as well as future veterans under the same circumstances.
HR 1379 is co-sponsored by Purple Heart recipient and Representative, Brian Mast (R-FL) and House Veterans Affairs Committee members Ranking Member Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Bergman (R-MI).
This is not the only legislation introduced in 2017 that has implications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Military One Click has previously reported on HR 1206 which would provide program application fee assistance to beneficiaries, HR 245, which would change the way housing stipends are calculated for students, and HR 1112, which would allow the transfer of the GI Bill to another beneficiary if the original one is deceased.
As of March 9, the text for HR 1379 is not yet available on Congress.gov. To track this proposed bill, click here.