Scott Statement on the Signing of the “Forever” G.I. Bill into Law by President Trump

August 17, 2017
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement on President Trump’s signing of H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as  the “Forever” G.I. Bill, into law yesterday.  The legislation makes improvements to the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, which was originally sponsored by former Senator Jim Webb and Congressman Scott and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008.  The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill provides our men and women in uniform the full cost of a four year public college or university and housing benefits while enrolled in school.  Congressman Scott was an original cosponsor of the “Forever” G.I. Bill.

“I am pleased that President Trump has signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act into law,” said Rep. Scott.  “Nearly 10 years ago, Congress significantly expanded veterans educational benefits with the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and the ‘Forever’ G.I. Bill is an important step forward in improving these benefits for our veterans.  We know that education is society’s great equalizer and the best thing a veteran can do when they return home is take full advantage of the G.I. Bill. 

“The improvements made by the ‘Forever’ G.I. Bill guarantees our veterans a lifetime benefit, rather than expiring 15 years after a veteran’s last discharge.  The bill also protects benefits when a school closes mid-semester, expands eligibility for guardsman, reservists, and Purple Heart recipients, improves scholarship programs for survivors and dependents, and encourages STEM education.  These enhancements to the G.I. Bill make military service more attractive and give our troops returning home the tools they need to succeed and readjust to civilian life, while at the same time strengthening our economy in the face of increasing global competition.”

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