Recently the Post 9/11 GI Bill was put into effect, and while it allows more money for veteran students to attend college or trade schools, it also add more complications to an already stressful process, Melissa Sokolski reported in the Indiana Daily Student article, “Student veterans’ benefits had delays.”
“The convoluted nature of the new program also means that the fine points of bureaucracy are still being worked out, even as students are being promised financial aid,” Sokolski states in the article. The Post 9/11 GI Bill is offering more money to student veterans, but the Veterans Administration (VA) is finding a need to change the program as they process claims and applications. The new application for the Post 9/11 GI Bill is being described in the article as “time intensive,” due to an increased amount of required paperwork to be completed by the student requesting GI Bill funds. Another large complication student veterans are experiencing is the appearance of late fees and penalties on their university bills due to pending aid from the VA. Indiana University’s bursar’s office website states accounts past-due are subject to being reported to a credit agency for debt collection.
Many veterans join the armed services with the promise of X amount of dollars for post-service education, and the recruiters make the process sound like a smooth sailing experience. Wrong! The new GI Bill is adding more bumps to an already bumpy road, and making the process more complicated for those who may not have expected so much headache in the first place. I think it’s a shame the VA puts so much stress on veterans who put their lives on the line serving this country and now have to jump through hoops and possibly endanger their credit rating to receive an education they were promised by recruiters. An education the new G.I. Bill may put out of reach.
The new G.I. Bill is here to stay, and will be the topic of many blogs to come, including a personal commentary about my boyfriend’s battle with the G.I. Bill.