Durbin To VA: Allow Veterans To Use All Education Benefits

"Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow service members to use both federal and state education benefits," The Hill's Floor Action reports

Durbin said currently veterans in states such as Illinois are being forced to spend down all of their state education benefits before having access to federal benefits. His home state has applied for a waiver from this federal requirement.

'They shouldn’t have to choose between their state benefits and the federal benefits they were promised,' Durbin said on Monday. 'The state of Illinois’ waiver request is common sense and I urge the Department of Veterans Affairs to approve it right away.'

Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are paid to veterans for tuition, books and housing, but states can also offer benefits. Durbin said the intent of Congress was not to have veterans pick to use federal benefits over state benefits, but that both could be utilized at the same time."

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