Brooks’ Veterans TEST Accessibility Act Included in GI Bill Legislative Package
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs held a legislative hearing to add H.R. 1104, the Veterans To Enhance Studies Through (TEST) Accessibility Act, a bill Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) introduced earlier this year, to H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, a package of 16 bills that will reform and ultimately improve our veteran’s access to GI bill benefits.
“The Veterans TEST Accessibility Act does just what the title implies – it gives our veterans simpler, fairer access to tests, like the SAT, and certifications, like certifications for mechanics, firefighters, and realtors, so they can compete in today’s job market after serving our country,” said Brooks. “I’d like to thank Chairman Phil Roe for including my bill in this legislative package, as it ensures veterans across the country are prepared for a wide variety of career paths upon returning home from deployment by making it easier to enhance their education, build a career and provide a better life not only for themselves but for their families.”
Another significant provision included in the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 removes time restrictions specifying when veterans can use their GI Bill benefits. Instead of the current 15-year timeline once a veteran has been discharged, vets will be able to use their GI Bill benefits for their entire life.
“Veterans across the country, including those in the Fifth District, should always be able to access the education benefits they have earned while protecting and defending our nation,” continued Brooks. “With over a half million veterans in the state of Indiana, I am committed to making sure our vets are properly compensated and cared for, and that includes guaranteeing access to important benefits and services that support assimilation back into civilian life.”