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Begich Applauds Signing of Post-9/11 Veterans Education Law

Improved educational assistance for post 9/11 veterans on the way

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today praised the signing of new legislation aimed at streamlining and expanding educational opportunities for veterans who have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001.  Begich, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Armed Services Committees, was a co-sponsor of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Improvements Act of 2010, signed into law by President Obama today.

"Making it easier for our veterans to use the education benefits they have earned is a small gesture compared to the enormous sacrifice they have made for our country," Begich said. "I'm pleased to see this law put to work which will fix and clarify some of the pieces of the original Post-9/11 GI Bill to help our veterans increase their educational opportunities and find jobs."

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Improvements Act of 2010 streamlines, simplifies and otherwise makes more equitable the program for veterans who have served since 9/11. It expands the number of eligible veterans by including a group of National Guard/Reserves veterans who were mistakenly left off of the original legislation passed in 2008. The law also increases educational opportunities by paying benefits for on the-job and vocational training, and brings an additional $1,000 book allowance to services members.

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