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Rep. Graves, House Pass Bill to Help More Vets Attend College


Washington, July 24, 2017 - Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted for and the House passed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act (H.R. 3218), which the AP called “the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade.”

“The House is continuing its work to reform veterans’ aid programs in order to provide top notch services and opportunities,” said Rep. Graves. “Particularly important to many veterans is the GI Bill educational assistance program, which is why the House acted today to modernize the program for the next decade. This bill will help more veterans attend college and work toward achieving their dreams. I urge the Senate to act quickly to send this important legislation to President Trump’s desk.”

Among its changes, H.R. 3218 increases college aid funding for Guardsmen and Reservists, their surviving spouses and dependents; provides 100 percent college aid funding for post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients; removes time restrictions to use educational benefits; and provides additional benefits to veterans who pursue degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  

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