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.