Learn About the
New Forever GI Bill® Benefits
On August 16, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 that passed both the House and the Senate unanimously nine days earlier. Harry W. Colmery was an American Legion Commander responsible for writing the original language that became the first GI Bill® – the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944.
Commonly known as the “Forever GI Bill,” the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 picked up its nickname due to its main provision which eliminates the current 15-year use-it-or-lose-it constraint of the Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefit. This time limitation has been one of the sticking points of the Post 9/11 GI Bill with veterans and many veteran organizations since the implementation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill back in August 2009. While removing this “feature” is important, it’ just one benefit change of many contained within the unprecedented Forever GI Bill.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). More information about educational benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.