Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, As Enacted [August 17, 2011]   [open pdf - 411KB]

"The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Title 38 U.S.C., Chapter 33), commonly called the Post-9/11 GI Bill, was enacted as Title V of P.L. 110-252. It became effective August 1, 2009. For a full description of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, see CRS [Congressional Research Service] Report R40723, 'Educational Assistance Programs Administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs', by Cassandria Dortch. The Post-9/11 GI Bill was designed to provide financially comprehensive educational benefits to members of the Armed Forces for service on active duty after September 10, 2001, while meeting military recruiting and retention goals. Following enactment, concerns were raised about several aspects of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and calls were made for the program to be amended. These included proposals to expand eligibility and to improve the program's implementation, administration, and benefits. The 111th Congressional veterans committees held at least nine hearings to review progress and examine issues related to implementation, administration, benefit recipients, and the scope of the benefits. […] Senator Daniel K. Akaka introduced the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 (Improvements Act; S. 3447) on May 27, 2010. The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing on the bill on July 21, 2010, and voted, without dissent, to report S. 3447 favorably with an amendment in the nature of a substitute on August 5, 2010. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the bill, as approved by the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, would increase direct spending for veterans readjustment benefits by about $2.3 billion over the period from FY2011 to FY2020."

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