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house Bill H.R. 4162

Should Military Enlistees Have Six Months Instead of Two Weeks to Decide if They Want to Keep Montgomery GI Bill Benefits?

Argument in favor

New enlistees should have more than two weeks to decide if keeping 1984 Montgomery GI Bill benefits is right for them. In the future, given that nearly all veterans use Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits over MGIB benefits anyway, enlistees should be made ineligible for MGIB benefits in favor of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits alone. Finally, all public colleges and universities should offer all veterans in-state (or lower) tuition in recognition of their service.

RjGoodman's Opinion
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11/13/2019
I will do you one better. Why is it that our veterans must pay $1,200 to access benefits they have earned? Damn it, we say to these people “Thank you for your service.” Why don’t we treat them like we mean it?
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David's Opinion
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11/13/2019
Two weeks to make a decision that effects you for life is too short. I speak from personal experience.
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Bradford's Opinion
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11/13/2019
Yes, I agree with @Henry - we as a nation should honor our veterans and all those who served. I believe that 6 months rather than 2 weeks would be a more forward looking timeframe, considering the average age of new enlistees, 2 weeks is not a lot of time to make a decision that could potentially carry a lifetime result. The estimated cost of $34 million over four years isn’t even a budget blip and could easily be moved from an already bloated defense budget. I additionally believe that public institutions from the veteran’s home state or legal state of residence should provide free tuition to veterans, rather than offering in-state tuition rates. Other than this, I would further support reinstating the draft - this action, I believe, would make our citizens more alert to and wary of conflicts that our leaders may engage in.
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Argument opposed

Since veterans can use both MGIB and Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits in some cases, it’s not fair to take that option away from future enlistees. Additionally, this bill’s in-state tuition requirement isn’t necessary, as schools already have to charge veterans in-state tuition and fee amounts in order to remain approved for the GI Bill program (so, the VA already effectively requires in-state tuition for any schools with veteran students).

Gregg 's Opinion
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11/13/2019
Tow weeks is not enough time but six months is to long. What may happen is they wait and still make a last minute uninformed decision.
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John's Opinion
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11/13/2019
Isn’t this part of your decision making process prior to enlisting?
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Just.Dave's Opinion
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11/13/2019
Stop these dem criminals from ruining this nation. Impeach the next elected dem! No constitution or facts required, thanks to your precedent... Impeach! I'm getting an early start, really early considering you'll very much lose 2020...
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    I will do you one better. Why is it that our veterans must pay $1,200 to access benefits they have earned? Damn it, we say to these people “Thank you for your service.” Why don’t we treat them like we mean it?
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    Two weeks to make a decision that effects you for life is too short. I speak from personal experience.
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    Yes, I agree with @Henry - we as a nation should honor our veterans and all those who served. I believe that 6 months rather than 2 weeks would be a more forward looking timeframe, considering the average age of new enlistees, 2 weeks is not a lot of time to make a decision that could potentially carry a lifetime result. The estimated cost of $34 million over four years isn’t even a budget blip and could easily be moved from an already bloated defense budget. I additionally believe that public institutions from the veteran’s home state or legal state of residence should provide free tuition to veterans, rather than offering in-state tuition rates. Other than this, I would further support reinstating the draft - this action, I believe, would make our citizens more alert to and wary of conflicts that our leaders may engage in.
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    There is no way to describe military service unless you have served. Once served you never go home.
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    I am a veteran who took full advantage of the educational benefits that were offered to all those who served,at that time. The honorable completion of my duties was all that was required to receive those benefits. I had thirty-six months of benefits and a deadline of eight years in which to use them. Today’s vets should have at least what I had. Indeed, in my view, they should have much, much more.
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    House Bill H.R. 4162 Has passed, so this comment is redundant. I support the bill. Many recruits are not aware of the benefits available to them - either out of pure ignorance or a failure in recruiting. All agents, recruiters, representatives, veterans, et al, should make every effort to inform people - young and old - about military benefits, their differences and how to make informed decisions regarding their future education. The Montgomery GI Bill was all that was available when I first enlisted. I opted in. Then, The GI Bill became available and choosing became necessary. Simplifying these choices, as they emerge, will help. Spread the word, inform and educate. It’s the right thing to do.
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    Two weeks is not enough time to make important financial decisions.
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    Makes common sense.
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    Vets Should be able to access their benefits at any point in Life.
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    They need time to process their return to civilian life and with all of the changes the MUST adjust to they should NOT-be rushed to make this decision.
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    The transition from active duty to civilian life can be complicated and traumatic. The extra time would not hurt.
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    Tow weeks is not enough time but six months is to long. What may happen is they wait and still make a last minute uninformed decision.
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    Isn’t this part of your decision making process prior to enlisting?
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    Ever experience a person who is only two weeks fresh out of Iraq! This is NEEDED !
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    Give them time to decide what is right for them. That costs nothing and makes the program more user friendly. $1,200 is a lot of money for a new recruit who may not have much money
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    Stop these dem criminals from ruining this nation. Impeach the next elected dem! No constitution or facts required, thanks to your precedent... Impeach! I'm getting an early start, really early considering you'll very much lose 2020...
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    Why not. They deserve all they can get!
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    I only got a few days, it was bull then and it is now—-let them have at least a couple weeks AFTER boot camp so they can ask someone advice. That should be reasonable. It was set up stupidly from the get go. I don’t disagree with the initial $100 per month input—it helps defray the cost over the years.
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    Anything that benefits our veterans? I'm all for it.
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    It was illegal to begin with. The democrats should have taken advantage of Trumps offer when it was offered. They can screwup an ice cream cone. Besides why should they have to pay or give up anything? Wouldn’t that be a small thing to do on our part to support our veterans?
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