To the Editor:
Over the last 65 years, the GI Bill has been an American success story, providing millions of our veterans with the chance to go to college and pursue the American Dream.
To build on this success, Congress recently updated the GI Bill to address the needs and concerns of today's returning veterans.
I was glad to support these improvements and I'm happy to report that the Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting applications for the new educational benefits.
The new GI Bill for the 21st Century covers 100 percent of the tuition costs of a four-year education up to the level of the most expensive in-state public school. Previously, benefits only covered about 70 percent of the cost of a public college education or 30 percent of a private college education.
In addition, returning veterans are eligible for a stipend to cover housing, books and other related expenses. Benefits will cover educational expenses incurred on or after Aug. 1, 2009.
To learn more or apply online, visit www.gibill.va.gov.
The GI Bill for the 21st Century renews our commitment to the newest generation of American's veterans by providing those who want to transition into civilian life with the educational and training opportunities they need to succeed.