S. 3447 is purported to be a cure-all for veterans attending college under the numerous programs currently available. While this is largely true all Post 9/11 veterans and disabled veterans that qualify for Chapter 33, it leaves many others out in the cold.

Specifically, pre-9/11 disabled veterans using Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation. The new GI Bill allows qualified veterans and disabled veterans the opportunity to attend college and receive a $1,300 housing allowance. Meanwhile, older disabled veterans attempting to complete training through Vocational Rehabilitation will receive $600.

Seem strange?

Over one year ago, both the House and the Senate had proposed legislation to resolve this disparity. The first was by the House, H.R. 297 Veteran Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Subsistence Allowance Improvement Act. Later, the Senate also pushed a similar bill called S. 514 Veterans Rehabilitation and Training Improvement Act. Neither of these two bits of legislation has received attention since April of 2009. Yet, much is being done to accommodate one subsection of disabled veterans over another, despite the fact that both groups deserve equal attention.

The VA has received pressure from most Veterans Service Organizations over the difference in treatment between new disabled veterans and old disabled veterans. We all fought under the same flag. It’s time to end government-sponsored discrimination of all veterans. Show some solidarity by joining the Facebook group Disabled Veterans – Chapter 31 Voc Rehab and write your elected officials.

Tell your elected official how you feel about this injustice. Send a letter today! This only takes a few second.

Carolyn Y. Davis
I think that this is injustice. We all have serviced our country, and to separate us on this is just one more shaft that we veteran’s have received are receiving. I have been out of the military for some years and when i asked about going back to school i was told that my time had ran out, so i was not eligible for this program. I like to know how long after you are out of the army do… Read more »
Shennan T.

I have to agree with Carolyn. There time limit on these benefits needs to be lifted. The men and women who serve our country deserve every right to these benefits, whether after only 5 years, or 25 years. The opportunity should never have an expiration.

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