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 To track this proposed amendment, click here.


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