Fifteen Senate Democrats have signed on to sponsor legislation that would extend Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to foster children and legal wards.
Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois are among the supporters of the GI Education Benefits Fairness Act, which would amend the definition of an “eligible child” for the purposes of transferability of benefits under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program.
The change would match the Defense Department’s definition of a child, which includes wards and foster children. It would allow those children to receive education funding and would provide retroactive pay for those who were previously approved for education benefits only to have them revoked.
“Members of the military make sacrifices every day for our nation, and we should do everything we can to support them and their families,” Harris said. “This legislation would make a common-sense fix to the Post-9/11 GI Bill to ensure that veterans and their families are receiving the education benefits they deserve.”