Sign the Petition: Equalize Education Benefits for all Veterans
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Military Reservists and National Guard Soldiers/Airmen who have served on Active Duty are not credited for the time they served in the same way as their Active Duty counterparts. Time spent away from their families while conducting entry level training (boot camp) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) does not count toward fulfilling educational benefits provided by the GI Bill like it does for Active Duty service members.
Some Reservists and National Guard Soldiers/Airmen may be on initial orders for up to 2 years (or longer) while completing advanced skills training such as Flight School or Special Forces training. This is time spent in uniform, on Active Duty orders, alongside their Active Duty counterparts, and away from their families. This is time that counts for Active Duty service members in calculation of their education benefits, but not for Reservists and National Guardsmen.
Furthermore, there are thousands of Reservists and National Guardsmen who have deployed overseas, fought in combat, and still do not rate full educational benefits while Active Duty service members can rate full educational entitlements without deploying overseas. Reservists and National Guardsmen who have spent time on Active Duty deserve to receive the same education benefits as their Active Duty counterparts.
We ask that the Congress of the United States pass legislation to end this unfair practice and give our National Guard and Reserve veterans the educational benefits they have rightfully earned.
K. Sullivan of Columbia, MD has also contributed to this petition.
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