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Defend Veteran Benefits in the Post 9/11 GI Bill
Once again, the benefits our veterans have earned are under attack. The Department of Defense has issued a stunning, damaging new policy that will limit the ability of troops to transfer their hard-earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their family members. The Post-9/11 GI Bill has sent more than one million veterans to school. It has both helped these veterans in their transition home and trained America’s next greatest generation to lead in tech startups, Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofits, and at every level of government across the country. This new restriction impacts service members with more than 16 years of service and is a completely unnecessary attack on this critical benefit, and ultimately hurts our military recruitment and readiness. In a time of war, it remains critically important to recruit and retain qualified service members, especially with an ever-decreasing pool of eligible recruits. And, it remains essential that our government honor it’s promise to our veterans. This policy change is unacceptable. Join us in calling on the Department of Defense and Secretary Mattis to immediately reverse the policy, and put military veterans and their families first, instead of creating barriers to access deserved benefits. We know this is a critically important benefit for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) members; 92% of them told us they were eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill with almost 70% of IAVA members using the GI Bill or transferring the benefit to a dependent. We will not allow our GI Bill to be eroded, cut or dismantled. We will #DefendTheGIBill. We’ll continue to hold the line, because we understand that our brothers and sisters in arms deserve it. We need you to stand with veterans. Sign our petition to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and tell him that the GI Bill is an earned benefit that millions of men and women earned on the battlefield.