Press Release ● Veterans
For Immediate Release: 
June 30, 2018
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-4131
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act into law:

“Today marks ten years since the enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act, known commonly as the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.   As Majority Leader, I was proud to bring this legislation to the Floor and work with Democrats to pass it into law.  It represented the culmination of years of work by Democrats to ensure that Iraq and Afghanistan veterans would return home with greater opportunities to pursue higher education and enter the workforce prepared for success in their civilian careers. 
“Building on the model of the original G.I. Bill enacted after the Second World War, this law added new provisions, such as the right to transfer benefits to a spouse or child and expanded support to cover the cost of veterans’ housing and supplies while enrolled in a higher education program.  I’m glad we were able to secure strong bipartisan support for this legislation so that Congress could meet its commitment to those who stepped up to serve in the wake of the attacks on our country on September 11, 2001.  I am also glad that Democrats and Republicans were able to come together last year to expand the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill’s education benefits.  We must continue to stand up for those who don the uniform of our nation and risk their lives to protect our democracy.”