Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House passed the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010:
“Today the House passed the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010. This important legislation reaffirms our commitment to those who have served our country in the Armed Forces since September 11, 2001. It continues our strong investment in the education and careers of our servicemen and -women and America’s veterans, and it makes key improvements to the landmark Post-9/11 GI Bill that Democrats passed in the previous Congress.
“The legislation we passed today would allow over 130,000 additional servicemen and -women to become eligible for the GI benefits that help them further their educations. It additionally expands opportunities by including on-the-job and vocational training, and provides an annual book allowance. This bill will also result in a more streamlined, more equitable program for all post-9/11 veterans, all without adding to the deficit. I thank all of the veterans groups who worked hard to make passage of this legislation possible. Once it is signed by President Obama, this legislation will play a critical role in preparing these heroes for the next phase of their careers and putting veterans to work.”