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Unlike the older Montgomery GI Bill benefit, the post-9/11 GI Bill does not require any fees or pay reductions for eligibility. The new proposal would change that, taking up to $100 a month from new enlistees’ paychecks for the right to access the benefit after they leave the ranks.
“It’s infinitely more difficult to get rid of or cut the GI Bill if troops have paid into that benefit,” said Will Hubbard, vice president of government affairs for Student Veterans of America. “This is about how we can make the GI Bill protected and buffered against budget fights for years to come.”
The money collected would amount to a fraction of the overall cost of the veterans education benefit.