WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today announced that he has co-sponsored the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017. This bill invests in the long-term educational success of our nation’s veterans by eliminating the 15-year period a veteran has to use the G.I. Bill, giving them more time to use their benefits in their professional career. It also provides G.I. Bill eligibility for reservists undergoing medical care and full G.I. benefits for Purple Heart recipients regardless of their length of service.
“This bill invests in members of our military who have made countless sacrifices for our country by allowing a long term commitment for the education and well-being of our veterans,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Our veterans deserve the best experience they can get after their service, and I believe that eliminating the 15-year period in the original G.I. Bill from 1944 is essential in getting our veterans back into the workforce.”
For more information on the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 please click the following link here. If signed into law, the elimination of the 15-year limit on G.I. Bill usage would apply to members of the military whose separation date is January 1, 2013 or after. Separation dates before January 1, 2013 would still be subject to the 15-year delimiting date.