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GI Bills Enacted Prior to 2008 and Related Veteransäó» Educational Assistance Programs: A Primer
Cassandria Dortch (au)
The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA), previously named the Veterans Admin., has been providing veterans educational assistance (GI Bill) benefits since 1944. The benefits have been intended, at various times, to compensate for compulsory service, encourage voluntary service, avoid unemployment, provide equitable benefits to all who served, and promote military retention. In general, the benefits provide grant aid to eligible individuals enrolled in approved educational and training programs. Since three of the GI Bills have overlapping eligibility requirements and the U.S. is expected to wind down involvement in active conflicts, Congress may consider phasing out one or more of the overlapping programs. This report describes the GI Bills enacted prior to 2008. Although participation in the programs has ended or is declining, the programsäó» evolution and provisions inform current policy.This report provides a description of the eligibility requirements, eligible programs of educaiton, benefit availability, and benefits. It also provides some summary statistics, comparisons between the programs, and brief discussions of related programs. Individuals currently participate in five GI Bills enacted prior to 2008. Figures and tables. This is a print on demand report.
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