To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate
Restore the GI Bill - Don’t Leave Veterans in the Cold
I'm writing to ask that you support the Post 9/11 GI Bill Payment Restoration Act, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Representatives Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Susan Davis (D-CA), in order to prevent thousands of soldiers-turned-students and their families from losing their living stipends during school breaks--including Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas.
The passage of the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2010 brought some very small benefits to veterans and active duty service members. But as of August 1, it also cuts the funding veterans rely on for their rent, clothing and food while seeking an education. But this tragic mistake can be undone, through your support of the Post 9/11 GI Bill Payment Restoration Act.
Will the need for food and shelter stop when classes are on break? Can veterans simply defer their rent during the holiday season? The answer is obvious: no. I urge you to take action now. Support this bill, and do not leave our nation’s heroes out in the cold. Allow the Veterans Administration to fulfill its promise:
“To care for him who shall have borne the battle.”
Why is this important?
After 9/11, congressional leaders fought for increased benefits for our military veterans. But with President Obama's signing of the Veterans Educational Assistance Act, living allowances will now be cut for all student veterans attending school, leaving 270,000 soldiers-turned-students and their families without money needed for rent, food and clothing during every school break--including Christmas.
Join with Student Veterans of America, Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Susan Davis (D-CA) in support of the Post 9/11 GI Bill Payment Restoration Act to prevent this cutoff from taking effect on Aug. 1. Send a clear message to Congress and the White House: don't leave our nation's heroes out in the cold.