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New GI Bill doubles dollars for education

The Post-9/11 GI Bill has doubled the money offered to veterans for education benefits, to an average $13,871 per participant in 2011. Who’s taking advantage?

New GI Bill doubles dollars for education

The Post-9/11 GI Bill has proven enormously popular with veterans who served after 9/11. It has doubled the amount of money offered to veterans for education benefits. Participants received an average of $13,871 in fiscal 2011, compared to $7,483 the same year for vets who served prior to 9/11 under the Montgomery GI Bill.

More than half a million vets received benefits in 2011 at a cost to taxpayers of $7.7 billion. The Department of Veterans Affairs, though, is having some trouble keeping up with claims and has a history of delivering late payments to some institutions.

Our infographic has more on who’s taking advantage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and what it will pay for. Check it out, then educate yourself further through “What Do Others Say?” Add your thoughts to the discussion below. Is the Post-9/11 GI Bill a good recruitment tool? Is it a good deal for the country?

What do others say?

  • : New York Times: “Making the G.I. Bill work for veterans” More

  • : Huffington Post: “When it comes to education, veterans sometimes aim too low” More

  • : Marine Corps Times: “Most pay for GI Bill they could get for free” More

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