WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., announced that they are co-sponsoring legislation that would enhance the existing Montgomery G.I. Bill by improving education benefits for servicemembers, veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve.
“The Montgomery G.I. Bill can change lives. It has given countless members of our military access to the college education they otherwise would not have been able to afford,” Isakson said. “Our nation’s military and their families have sacrificed tremendously so that our children and grandchildren can live in freedom. It is important we modernize the G.I. Bill to ensure that our servicemembers, veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve receive the education benefits they deserve.”
“Our nation has an obligation to our servicemen and women and their families who make the sacrifice every day for freedom and democracy,” said Chambliss. “I’m pleased to support legislation that will greatly expand educational benefits available to servicemembers. We need to modernize the G.I. bill so it reflects the today’s cost of education and effectively addresses other quality of life issues.”
The Enhancement of Recruitment, Retention, and Readjustment through Education Act, S.2938, would help more military personnel attend college debt-free, and allow them to transfer their education benefits to their spouse or children. It also bolsters recruitment and retention efforts, encouraging servicemembers to continue their military careers.
Specifically, the legislation includes an immediate increase in education benefits for active duty personnel to $1,500 a month as well as a significantly increased benefit for members of the National Guard and Reserve. It also includes a matching program to help more veterans graduate debt-free and builds on existing educational benefits program to ensure rapid implementation with minimal additional administrative costs.