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I look back we're talking about war overseas and the soldiers -- -- this hour it's been.
A promise between the military and students for decades so how is the recession affected the GI bill O'Brien popcorn is though.
Legislative director for the student veterans of America joins us right now hi Brian.
I -- -- -- -- the -- the GI bill has been around for a while I remember when I was in college town hasn't changed over the years.
Well it's changed a lot since it was originally put together -- World War II but.
The reason GI bill that post 9/11 GI bill which started last August 1.
I as much more -- akin to the original GI bill you're gonna go to college.
Public schools you're gonna get a free undergraduate degree and get a housing allowance and you're gonna get books like -- and you can also transfer it to your families.
You had a big question right now because so it's almost like an undergraduate -- now like gay high school degree and everybody's good at getting their postgraduate degrees did this also help you out with that.
It certainly does now the GI bill will pay up to the most expensive public school in your state at the undergraduate race.
But you can implied that rate per credit to any academic program towards an accredited degrees so back and be a master's degree.
A law degree a medical degree.
And apply what are the stipulations in terms of active service of media have to serve over a certain amount of time to receive any of the benefits some of the benefits.
That's correct so.
You're -- -- on a sliding scale.
And -- a 100% mark is 36 months of active service and since 9/11.
And then back from there for your -- and reservists who go on deployments than they are rated at a lesser rate.
Up to that point -- Brian I gotta tell you that I have my father is a Vietnam War veteran.
And he is now 66 years old -- probably smack me for saying that but he is currently -- I'm going to college.
All done all on this and it makes you wonder.
Are there a lot of veterans that take advantage of this.
Later on in life and he decided to go back much much later in life.
You have to do this right away.
When you come home from the war -- when you when you retire.
That's correct and it's important to note that the new GI bill posts -- have -- GI bill.
Offers a fifteen year.
Time period to be able to use this benefit you after your discharge and the Montgomery GI bill.
I'll only had a ten year mark and that was something that was raised when they were trapped in this legislation.
That veterans wanted more time to be able to come back re adjust from their appointment.
And take some time with their families and be able to go to school at their own pace and this GI bill makes that happen very very well.
Brian what he's seen in terms of numbers our young men and women wanting to participate -- warlords -- less.
I think it's going to be more and more this first year with the new GI bill -- we've already seen 240000.
Service members just on this new benefits since September 1.
And so that's about the population -- Buffalo, New York.
And then we're looking at about two point 68.
Billion dollars have already been paid out to both veterans and their academic institutions.
Which may sound like a lot.
But it's actually only about two weeks of what it costs and maintain our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I know you you had some is it situations.
The students -- a hard time receiving payments for tuitions.
For tuition at.
As you grow the program you've really got to make sure you grow the the back office staff and the systems along with -- right.
That's correct and last last fall was a difficult time for the department of veterans affairs and we worked very closely.
With them to make sure that the veterans who had applied for this benefit.
Got their money and when we noticed that the system was a little bit slower than what they were expecting -- remember this is for -- housing benefit would you -- that many veterans left their jobs to go to school so they're not receiving their VA benefits.
They made up you'll pay their rent.
So we worked very closely with them and they instituted in advance payment program.
And caught up the slack and I and they're now saying there at 99%.
Of the claims have been filed have been paid to the veterans.
In -- instances -- a better and actually not.
Be able to receive us.
Well if you had not served since 9/11 or you've only done guard or reserve time then you are not accruing benefits for this bill.
And there are also some technicalities within the bill that may prohibit you from using it.
For example national Guardsmen who responded.
Under state activation for Hurricane Katrina.
Or after 9/11 for example would not be able to use that time towards.
This benefit and we're working with congress to correct that.
Brian you certainly are an expert on this whole process because you are currently going through this process essentially.
-- you actually served in Baghdad thank you for serving as a part of the surge now you're back going to school GW.
Humble and did you know you wanted to do this before you and listen in terms of going to the GI bill.
Well I always knew that as you said before in the lead -- that you've served your country and you can use that educational benefit and that's very appealing.
And I think we're still going to see an upsurge in enlistment or in commissioning for this benefit -- especially in a tough economy.
Education is a great way to not only improve.
-- or economic standing but in this particular case.
You get paid to go to school so you don't have to worry about finding a job and a tough economy you can boost up your resume go to college get that degree.
And continue leading so I was I've been very privileged I go to -- Washington University.
And am only able to afford that school because of the -- island GI bill so thank you for your taxpayer dollars I really appreciate it we all -- -- Well that's good years you have trying to match and you don't even know this the answer to this but are we seeing the same type of growth in terms of ROTC.
Didn't go to school first and then become mired in -- officers on the scene scene that same type of growth there.
You know I haven't seen numbers on that Chris but what I would.
Say is that it is likely especially your private schools that -- be more appealing to be able to go serve your country.
And I get that college degree paid for you can also use that for your master's degree.
And then we're also seeing many officers who went there -- TC coming back and getting a master's degree so would you are seeing an increase in retention.
As well as recruitment and I think that both VA and.
Would agree that this is a great benefit for all.
Our service members and -- -- -- and legislative director for the student veterans of America great job and thank you very much for your service.
Thanks for having me --
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