House bill looks to improve Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits


By J.G. Noll

If Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) have their way, using a Post 9/11 GI Bill will get a little easier. Larsen and Messer recently introduced bipartisan bill HR 1206,  the Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2017.

Larsen, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee noted in a press release that “this bill will ensure application fees do not prevent veterans from taking full advantage of education opportunities made possible by the Post 9/11 GI Bill.”

Currently, the GI Bill does not cover application fees to colleges, graduate, technical, or vocational schools. HR 1206 would change that by covering up to $750 in application fees.

“Our goal is to give veterans as much flexibility and as many options as possible to help them transition from serving our country to earning a degree. This is one small way to do that,” Messer said in a press release.

As of February 23, the text for HR 1206 is not yet available on Congress.gov. To track this proposed amendment, click here.
J.G. Noll is the Editor of Military One Click and a veteran’s spouse. She can be reached at joanna@militaryoneclick.com.