Senate bill would expand education for military vets post 9-11

An Ohio Women Veterans Conference will be held Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ohio Union at the Ohio State University, 1739 N. High St., Columbus.
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An Ohio Women Veterans Conference will be held Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ohio Union at the Ohio State University, 1739 N. High St., Columbus.

The U.S. Senate last week passed a bill that included provisions authored by Sen. Sherrod Brown aimed at expanding educational opportunities for those who served after 9/11. The bill, which also includes a Brown provision restoring G.I. benefits for veterans who attended ITT Tech and Corinthian College, both for-profit colleges which failed and left veterans with meaningless degrees, passed the House earlier and now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.

The bill also includes a Brown-backed provision to expand eligibility for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program to spouses and children of servicemembers who died in combat.

The Yellow Ribbon Program – which helps students avoid out-of-pocket tuition and fees for education programs that cost more than their post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits – is currently only available to veterans and spouses and children of servicemembers. Brown’s provision would expand that program to spouses and children of servicemembers who died in combat.

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