From the Post 9/11 GI Bill to scholarships for military family members to financial support for veteran-run new businesses, Congress is showing its support for veterans.
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Legislation Expands Military Scholarships and Education Benefits

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From the Post 9/11 GI Bill to scholarships for military family members to financial support for veteran-run new businesses, Congress is showing its support for veterans by expanding the programs and the budget for veteran's training and education each year.

H.R. 4571: GI BILL ENHANCEMENT ACT of 2010
Introduced February 2, 2010

The GI Bill Enhancement Act of 2010 seeks to increase the annual amount available to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), for reimbursing state agencies to run veterans education programs. The GI Bill Enhancement Act suggests allowing the Secretary of VA to adjust the awarded amount each year based on changes in basic cost of living, but the starting increase proposed is $24 million from the previous sum of $19 million.

H.R. 1172: BILL TO LIST SCHOLARSHIPS FOR VETERANS AND THEIR SURVIVORS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS WEBSITE
Passed House of Representatives June 23, 2009

This bill directs the Secretary of Veteran Affairs to include, on the VA website, a list of organizations that give scholarships to veterans and their survivors. This bill also requires the Secretary of Veteran Affairs to notify schools of their opportunity to appear on the VA website scholarship list, increasing communication and opportunities between veterans and schools.

H.R. 4843: NATIONAL GUARD YOUTH CHALLENGE ENHANCEMENT ACT
Introduced March 15, 2010

Proposed amendment to U.S. code title 32, the Youth Challenge Enhancement Act authorizes the Secretary to Defense to cover 100% of expenses for the National Guard Youth Challenge program during the first three years of its operation. This bill takes the financial burden off of individual states, which usually fund the majority of the program.

The National Guard Youth Challenge Enhancement Program works to improve employment and life skills of its youth participants, and this budget shift will help the program continue its successful operations nationwide.

S.793 DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS VISION SCHOLARS ACT of 2009
Introduced April 2, 2009

The VA Vision Scholars Act is a bill to set up and maintain a scholarship program for students pursuing a degree in fields of visual impairment, orientation, and mobility challenges.

The goals of the scholarship are to provide financial assistance for students who are currently enrolled in visual or mobility impairment degree programs, and agree to serve full time on the Department of Veterans Affairs for three years after receiving their degree. The scholarship amount will be a maximum of $15,00 per academic year, $45,000 in total allotments.



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