Surviving Spouses Now Eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill College Scholarsh

Surviving Spouses Now Eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill College Scholarships

October 21, 2014

Surviving Spouses Now Eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill College Scholarships

Senator Bernie Sanders, the Senate veterans’ committee chairman, announced today that surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty are now eligible to apply to the the Department of Veterans Affairs for college scholarships.

This is great news for military spouses. In the past, the Post 9/11 GI Bill excluded widows and widowers. Only children of those who died in the line of duty were offered scholarships.

The Gold Star Wives of America urged Sen. Bernie Sanders to include this scholarship provision for surviving military spouses in the recently-passed VA reform bill. He took heed of their request and as the Senate veterans’ committee chairman, worked hard to ensure the provision was in the bill.

Here's what Senator Sanders had to say during his announcement, “For the spouses of those who gave their lives to defend this country, this educational benefit will provide significant help in allowing them to move forward. I hope all eligible spouses will think about taking advantage of it.” he said.

These college scholarships will include full tuition for up to 36 months plus a stipend to cover the cost of housing, books and supplies. Eligible surviving spouses can start submitting applications on November 3.

If you are a surviving military spouse or know someone who is, you can learn more by visiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill website.

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