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house Bill H.R. 4830

Should Vets Get a 90-Day Grace Period From Colleges When GI Bill Funds Are Delayed?

Argument in favor

Minor delays in funding should not affect veterans’ educations and ability to use their GI bill benefits. In this case, occasional delays in the receipt of VA funds are not indicative of ineligibility or inability to pay; so the fact that some educational institutions do not allow a grace period while VA funds are pending seems nonsensical.

Chickie's Opinion
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05/21/2018
Unfortunately, this bill is necessary. The under staffing and mismanagement at the VA offices is an acute problem. Many of our veterans are working either full time or part time and cannot afford to delay their progress in higher education due to issues at the VA. Our veterans did not delay in their duty while serving due to administration issues; they deserve the same when using the benefits earned from their service.
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OlderNWiser's Opinion
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05/21/2018
Yes, of course, and I would add that everyone deserves this 90 day grace period to pay for college since reimbursements from everywhere can be so delayed. I ended up using my credit card to pay for my Masters waiting for partial reimbursement from my employer. Imagine how financially catastrophic it is to run up credit card debt for education. Our military and their families serve our country every one—mothers and children in military families sacrifice more than imaginable—so of course these patriotic people deserve any available support. Thank them for their service.
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Connor's Opinion
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05/21/2018
As a Air National Guard member and headed to Purdue for college, the GI bill pays for most of my tuition. I would like to have this as a fallback program just in case payments can not be made in time. There are already grace periods for paying back loans, why not for furthering one’s higher education?
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Argument opposed

There is no reason why the VA should be funding GI bill education behind schedule; this bill is unnecessary as long as the VA meets educational institutions’ funding deadlines responsibly. Colleges shouldn’t be required to grant a grace period to veterans just because the VA doesn’t have its act together.

MIKAL's Opinion
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05/21/2018
WE the PEOPLE are REQUIRED to PAY OUR TAXES & BILLS ON TIME.... IT is no less INCUMBENT that our Gov’t does the same! IF OUR OWN GOV’T can NOT pay ONTIME, then we have a bigger mess in DC than we thought. THIS bill should not even be necessary. HOW about a BILL REQUIRING our Gov’t Depts to PAY ON-TIME with consequences of termination for leadership that fails to make sure it happens.
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Jason's Opinion
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05/21/2018
Congress’s unwillingness to properly fund the VA is creating regulatory uncertainty in the markets that serves veterans. The correct solution is to ensure the VA can pay its obligations in a timely manner. Not to outsource congressional responsibilities to the private sector. Again.
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Larry's Opinion
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05/21/2018
What is it about Congress that makes them want to dictate every tiny thing? This is between a college and it's students.
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    Unfortunately, this bill is necessary. The under staffing and mismanagement at the VA offices is an acute problem. Many of our veterans are working either full time or part time and cannot afford to delay their progress in higher education due to issues at the VA. Our veterans did not delay in their duty while serving due to administration issues; they deserve the same when using the benefits earned from their service.
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    WE the PEOPLE are REQUIRED to PAY OUR TAXES & BILLS ON TIME.... IT is no less INCUMBENT that our Gov’t does the same! IF OUR OWN GOV’T can NOT pay ONTIME, then we have a bigger mess in DC than we thought. THIS bill should not even be necessary. HOW about a BILL REQUIRING our Gov’t Depts to PAY ON-TIME with consequences of termination for leadership that fails to make sure it happens.
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    Yes, of course, and I would add that everyone deserves this 90 day grace period to pay for college since reimbursements from everywhere can be so delayed. I ended up using my credit card to pay for my Masters waiting for partial reimbursement from my employer. Imagine how financially catastrophic it is to run up credit card debt for education. Our military and their families serve our country every one—mothers and children in military families sacrifice more than imaginable—so of course these patriotic people deserve any available support. Thank them for their service.
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    As a Air National Guard member and headed to Purdue for college, the GI bill pays for most of my tuition. I would like to have this as a fallback program just in case payments can not be made in time. There are already grace periods for paying back loans, why not for furthering one’s higher education?
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    Yes! Our Military men and women have served our country with honor and we need to honor them as they transition back into our communities. They have earned this benefit - and should not be penalized because bureaucracy is figuring out how to handle their end of the deal.
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    Congress’s unwillingness to properly fund the VA is creating regulatory uncertainty in the markets that serves veterans. The correct solution is to ensure the VA can pay its obligations in a timely manner. Not to outsource congressional responsibilities to the private sector. Again.
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    This should have been in place long ago.
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    What is it about Congress that makes them want to dictate every tiny thing? This is between a college and it's students.
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    I used it, and know I would not have been able to finish my BA if the Vets program would not have been available when I needed it.
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    This country only pays weak lip service towards taking care of our veterans. This would be one tiny step in the right direction.
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    It’s not the Vets fault!!!
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    This is a common issue with the VA and although it needs to be addressed there as well it’s difficult to transfer this money and it wouldn’t be the vets who suffer
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    Bureaucratic Red Tape-should not delay Veterans from benefiting from due financial aid.
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    It's hard enough to go to school. Let alone have your semesters or quarters interrupted because of government inadequacy. The goal is educated veterans. Let the VA pay a fine for late payment on its contract to pay tuition.
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    Ninety days seems to be only a token regarding the sacrifices made. There should be no limitation.
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    What a stupid question. Do whatever we need to do to make Veterans’ lives stellar. Anything other than that is not doing what we can do to help and work with them and their transition. They’ve been through Hell & back, some of them what’s 90 days?
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    Common sense?
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    They have done more for our country than most in government.. that they served is a good enough reason
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    Take care of our vets.
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    As long as the funds are really coming yes
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