Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Improve GI Bill Work Study Program for Veterans and Dependents
Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), and Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.), the Chairwoman of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, introduced H.R. 3535, the GI Bill Work Study Improvement Act of 2019. The bill would improve the timeliness of payments to veterans and other students through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) work-study program.
“It’s our duty in Congress to give our student veterans any and every resource to succeed in school while remaining financially stable,” said Lee “Work-study programs are a great way for student veterans to keep a steady income to pay rent, car payments, groceries, and to help support their families while working towards their degree. Unfortunately, veterans using the work-study program at the VA are often met with delays and complications, which can leave them without pay for weeks. The GI Bill Work Study Improvement Act would fix the outdated system by streamlining the work-study payment process and reducing the red tape between the VA and student veterans participating in work-study. This is a step in the right direction towards ensuring that no veteran will have trouble making ends meet while working towards their college degree.”
The bill is supported by the Student Veterans of America, who issued the following statement:
"The need for a modernized VA work-study program that operates similarly to Federal work-study is a consistent concern raised by our SVA Chapter leaders," said Lauren Augustine, the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Student Veterans of America. "This bill mirrors the mechanics of Federal work-study while providing student veterans and their support systems on campus the ability to remove existing bureaucratic roadblocks to make VA work-study a program that truly serves the needs of student veterans. These changes would provide VA the best opportunity to focus the resources needed to better serve student veterans holistically. We thank Representatives Roe, Lee and Davis for their leadership on this issue."