Leaders of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America say they don’t believe Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits should be cut this year — or next year, or ever.
So the advocates are working to pin down lawmakers to that lifetime promise as congressional leaders eye a slate of GI Bill rollbacks that could affect military families as soon as next year.
The first problematic reductions focus on a bill that passed the House of Representatives in February and provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act passed last December.
IAVA will hold a Capitol Hill press conference Thursday imploring lawmakers to "stand with veterans" and "oppose all attempts to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill as a piggy bank to fund other government programs.”
The organization's new campaign — dubbed “Defend the GI Bill” by group leaders — echoes long-held fears by many in the veterans community that as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan slowly fade into history, lawmakers will be tempted to revisit military and veterans benefits as a cost-cutting maneuver.
“The principle is that the GI Bill is something that we fought long and hard for,” said Jonathan Schleifer, IAVA’s interim chief policy officer. “It’s not a piggy bank for every new idea that comes along.”
While many veterans service organizations have quietly expressed concerns about such moves, few are joining the IAVA campaign, instead opting to wait to see just where lawmakers go with the latest set of proposals.
Hero Giveaways provides top-quality patriotic graphic tees and exclusive sweepstakes in order to help our veterans get the care they need! Buy yours today!
Comments will be approved before showing up.