New benefits for veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan take effect August 1
July 31, 2009
Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid today made the following statement on the implementation of the 21st Century GI Bill of Rights:
“The first major expansion of the GI Bill in 25 years goes into effect tomorrow, representing a significant victory for thousands of veterans across the country and in Nevada.
“Thanks to the tireless work of Senator Jim Webb, a highly decorated veteran himself, the new GI Bill expands education benefits to the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at Nevada’s colleges and universities. We owe our brave men and women in uniform much more than we can ever fully repay. At the very least, they deserve this investment in their futures.
“Most importantly, the enactment of this program sends a strong message, from both Congress and the American people, that we will support our troops on the battlefield and as they transition back to civilian life.”
The new GI Bill will:
• Provide the maximum benefit of the cost of tuition and fees for four years at Nevada’s colleges and universities;
• Give veterans up to 15 years after they leave active duty to use their education benefits;
• Increase the housing allowance for veterans who are studying;
• Provide an annual stipend of $1,000 for books and supplies;
• Create a one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals;
• Allow enrolled service members to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children.
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