Letter to the editor


Bill could hurt veterans, families

Editor:

With fewer and fewer elected representatives having served in the military, I can see how they would pair away benefits and promises that were made to veterans. Last month, the House passed a bill (H.R. 3016) that included a 50 percent cut in the monthly Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) allowance provided to children who will have their parent’s earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit transferred to them. Now similar legislation is being considered in the Senate (S.425) that would put the hard-fought benefits of 2.8 million post-9/11 veterans at even greater risk.

I am standing with my fellow Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) members in opposition to these cuts to the GI Bill, and ask you to stand with us.

Please pledge to preserve the benefits promised to all new veterans and their families and oppose all attempts to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill as a piggy bank to fund other government programs.

Nearly one million post-9/11 veterans have benefited from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, making it one of the most successful veterans programs in American history. Please email NCOA at Advocates@NCOA.org and pledge to fight against any attempts to cut education benefits for military members, veterans and our families!

— David M. Garfield SMSgt (Retired), Fairborn

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