Words ‘GI Bill’ se­cured by VA

Trade­mark in­tended to pre­vent veter­ans from be­ing tricked.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By Re­nee Schoof Mcclatchy News­pa­pers

WASHINGTON — Hop­ing to pre­vent on­line ads and the web­sites of for-profit schools from mis­lead­ing Iraq and Afghanistan veter­ans, the De­part­ment of Veter­ans Af­fairs has trade­marked the words “GI Bill.”

Since the first GI Bill was en­acted in 1944, it has rep­re­sented the government’s ef­forts to pro­vide an ed­u­ca­tion for ser­vice mem­bers re­turn­ing to civil­ian life. Re­cent government in­ves­ti­ga­tions, how­ever, have spot­lighted prob­lems as for-profit schools com­pete for government dol­lars un­der the lat­est ver­sion of the bill.

Se­nate and Government Accountability Of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tions in re­cent months found that some for-profit col­leges and univer­si­ties re­cruit veter­ans with­out telling them the full truth about costs, loans, credit trans­fers and dropout rates.

At stake are bil­lions of dol­lars di­vided among hun­dreds of thou­sands of ser­vice mem­bers and veter­ans, and their spouses and chil­dren, un­der the 2008 Post-9/11 GI Bill.

“We will con­tinue to sup­port our veter­ans by help­ing them ob­tain the best ed­u­ca­tion of their choos­ing — a right for which they have bravely served, and which they have truly earned,” Sec­re­tary of Veter­ans Af­fairs Eric Shin­seki said in a state­ment an­nounc­ing the trade­mark. “We all want veter­ans to be in­formed con­sumers in their ed­u­ca­tional pur­suit.”

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