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Helping Arizona Veterans Achieve the American Dream

Dear Friend, 
 

First passed in 1944, the GI Bill is a commitment to providing a free, quality education to returning servicemembers as thanks from a grateful nation. Current GI Bill benefits are limited to a 36 month timeframe, so student veterans need to be able to sign up for required classes to stay on track for graduation and avoid unnecessary student debt. 

 

Many institutions offer priority enrollment programs for student athletes so they have the flexibility to plan classes around travel schedules. We believe student veterans deserve priority enrollment so they have the opportunity to make the most out of the GI Bill benefits they’ve earned. That’s why we recently worked with Congressman Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania and Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio to introduce the Veterans Priority Enrollment Act, bipartisan legislation that requires existing priority enrollment programs at colleges and universities to include GI Bill beneficiaries.

 

While helping veterans get into the classes they need to graduate is an important step, we must also do more to address the larger issue of student debt. Because GI Bill benefits have not kept pace with the rising cost of a college education, many servicemembers also take out federal student loans, often with interest rates greater than 7%. Student loan debt holds back too many Arizona families from buying a home, starting a family, or saving for retirement. That’s why we introduced the Federal Student Loan Refinancing Act with Congressman Scott Peters of California. This bill lowers interest rates on all federal student loans to 4%. If an individual has multiple federal student loans, the bill would allow him or her to consolidate and refinance to pay the average of the loan interest rates or 4%, whichever is lower.

 

As a member of a military family, I understand that providing for our veterans is one of our most important obligations as a nation. I am a firm supporter of the GI Bill ensuring that veterans have access to the benefits they have earned after serving our country. Many veterans utilize the GI Bill to obtain a college education as a way to a better life following their service to our country. We should allow our veterans the access to adequate care and access to their benefits they have earned.

 

We are honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Arizona families like yours. We always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues that are important to you. If there is an issue that concerns you, please let us know by clicking this link or by calling our Phoenix office: 602-956-2285. Be sure to stay connected through our Facebook andTwitter accounts, and let us know how we can be of service.

Sincerely, 
 
Kyrsten 

 

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