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Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program: Name Change

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend the regulations pertaining to the name of the Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program. VA provides benefits and services under the program name of “Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment''. VA is proposing to amend the name to “Veteran Readiness and Employment'' (VR&E). VA further proposes that the references to the position of “Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Officer'' be amended to “Veteran Readiness and Employment Officer'' and the position of “Director of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment'' be amended to “Executive Director of Veteran Readiness and Employment''.

VA Claims and Appeals Modernization

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its claims adjudication, appeals, and Rules of Practice of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) regulations. In addition, VA proposes to revise its regulations with respect to accreditation of attorneys, agents, and Veterans Service Organization (VSO) representatives; the standards of conduct for persons practicing before VA; and the rules governing fees for representation. This rulemaking is needed to implement the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act. That law amended the procedures applicable to administrative review and appeal of VA decisions denying claims for benefits, creating a new, modernized review system. Unless otherwise specified, VA intends to make the proposed regulatory changes applicable to claims processed under the new review system, which generally applies where an initial VA decision on a claim is provided on or after the effective date or where a claimant has elected to opt into the new review system under established procedures.

New GI Bill Would Make College Education a Lifetime Benefit

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A proposal to enhance the GI Bill would make the education benefit a lifetime possibility for new recruits.

Read the full article at: www.military.com

Thanks to the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, education as a lifetime benefit for the new generation of veterans may become a reality.
Education as a lifetime benefit would be a huge benefit pre and post 9/11 veterans would remain at whatever entitlement they currently have. The post 9/11 GI Bill has a use it or loose term of 15 years which remains in effect for those veterans. Let’s watch this one and see how far it gets.

Highlights:

Section 107. Restoration of Entitlement to Post-9/11 Educational Assistance for Veterans Affected by Closures of Educational Institution.

This section would restore entitlement to individuals when their school closes in the middle of a semester. This section would also authorize additional living stipend payments to be paid to students whose school closes in the middle of the semester for no more than 4 months, or the length of the semester, where they were attending training.

Section 114. Department of Veterans Affairs High Technology Pilot Program.

This section would authorize VA to conduct a 5-year pilot program that would provide veterans the opportunity to enroll in high technology courses (coding boot camp, IT certifications etc.). VA would enter into contracts with these schools or programs and would provide tuition and fees payments on a sliding scale that incentivizes the schools to graduate the student and ensure they find a job in their field of study. The section would also authorize a living stipend payment equal to the Post-9/11 rate to students while they are using the benefit.

Section 202. Duration of Educational Assistance under Survivors’ and Dependent’ Educational Assistance Program.

This section would change the number of months of entitlement for individuals who become eligible for the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program from 45 months to 36 months. This would re-align this program with other GI Bill programs that provide 36 months of eligibility for educational assistance. This change would only apply to individuals that become entitled to this program on or after August 1, 2018.

Here’s the bill Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017
https://veterans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/section_by_section_of_gi_bill.pdf

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