Washington D.C. – This week, Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) introduced H.R. 5047, the Protecting Veterans’ Educational Choice Act of 2016, so that those who have so valiantly served our country receive the counsel they need to make informed scholastic decisions. This bipartisan bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to include information about the educational services available to all veterans seeking to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and requires VA counselors to inform veterans about the various articulation agreements between schools regarding the transfer of credits between institutions. Congressman Hice released the following statement after the bill was introduced:
“For generations, our veterans have answered the call to serve our Nation while asking for very little in return. H.R. 5047, the Protecting Veterans’ Educational Choice Act of 2016, gives Congress the opportunity to support our heroes as they determine the best way to apply their hard-earned benefits. Too often, our veterans are misled and exploited, and end up exhausting their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at institutions that don’t have agreements in place to allow credits to transfer to other schools – or that lack accreditation altogether.
With over a million student veterans currently utilizing their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits as they pursue higher education, it is our duty to ensure they have the proper information when making these decisions. My bill, H.R. 5047, will ensure this happens by requiring VA counselors to inform our veterans about the various contracts, or articulation agreements, that exist between schools that govern the transfer of credits.
While this bill may seem like a small start compared to the big challenges we face in correcting the disastrous VA system, it's a pathway to fundamentally change how we treat our veterans. I’m proud to step up for the men and women who have risked so much defending our freedoms on the battlefield.”