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Helping Veterans Achieve the American Dream

Dear Friend,

We owe a great debt to those who sacrifice for our freedom. We can honor our heroes by strengthening the ability of returning veterans to achieve the American Dream. One way to do this is through a law called the G.I. Bill, which since 1944 has helped millions of veterans pay for higher education or other training programs.

Like any program, the G.I. Bill can be improved to meet the needs of our current generation of heroes. For example, the current G.I. Bill limits the time in which a veteran can use the benefit. As a result, many veterans are unable to take full advantage of their earned educational benefits. This arbitrary restriction no longer matches the life-long learning demands of the modern economy or the needs of veterans and their families.

To make the G.I. Bill work better for our newest generation of veterans, on July 13 we joined House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe to introduce H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act. This bipartisan legislation modernizes and extends G.I. benefits granted to veterans, their surviving spouses and dependents. The bill allows eligible beneficiaries to use their earned benefits at any point during their lives, and it makes it easier for veterans to complete STEM and other technical degrees that make them more attractive in today’s workforce. The bill increases G.I. Bill funding for Reservists and Guardsmen, including those who are currently on orders that do not accrue G.I. Bill eligibility, and it ensures that Purple Heart recipients and their families receive full G.I benefits. H.R. 3218 has broad bipartisan support and will likely be approved by the full House of Representatives in the coming weeks.

When the G.I. Bill became law in 1944, it helped a generation of veterans achieve the American Dream, and it boosted our nation’s economy. We owe a new generation of heroes and their families access to the same opportunities to succeed, and our economy needs their contributions. We will continue to work across the aisle to advance commonsense, bipartisan legislation like H.R. 3218 to keep our promise to veterans and military families.

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 and Twitter accounts, and let us know how we can be of service.

Sincerely,

Kyrsten

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