36 Veterans and Military Service Organizations Oppose Provisions in Higher Education Act Reauthorization
WASHINGTON, DC – Three dozen veterans and military service organizations signed a letter delivered to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, opposing provisions in the current draft of the Higher Education Reauthorization Act that would roll back student protections and laws that guard against fraud.
"Those who have served their country deserve to be treated with honor and respect when they become college students, and to know that they can trust the federal government’s stamp of approval that a program is worth their hard-earned GI Bill benefits," the letter states. "This can be accomplished through higher quality standards and accountability measures...We understand there is discussion of eliminating safeguards in favor of a single measure of student debt repayment. We are concerned because such a single measure would not protect military-connected students who don’t have debt because of the GI Bill."
Among the signatories: Blue Star Families, AMVETS, Wounded Warrior Project, Air Force Sergeants Association, IAVA, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Military Officers Assoc. of America.
The full letter can be found here: https://v-e-s.squarespace.com/s/VSOs-HEA-Senate-LetterSigned.pdf