Dayton Daily News: Ohio senators push bills aimed to help vets, construction workers

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Dayton Daily News: Ohio senators push bills aimed to help vets, construction workers

Sen. Sherrod Brown last week was part of a bipartisan group of senators who co-sponsored a bill to expand the G.I. bill for post 9/11 student veterans.

The bill includes provisions aimed at allowing more servicemembers or loved ones of fallen servicemembers to use the G.I. bill to further their education.

Specifically, Brown, D-Ohio, helped secure a provision of the bill that would restore G.I. benefits for veterans who attended ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges, two for-profit colleges that failed, leaving veterans with meaningless degrees or without a degree at all. Brown has been working to restore benefits for veterans who were defrauded.

“G.I. benefits are there to ensure veterans get the education they deserve, not to pad pockets of for-profit colleges,” Brown said. “This bill will make sure that veterans who’ve been defrauded by for-profit colleges don’t get cheated out of their G.I. benefits.”

The bill also includes a Brown provision to expand eligibility for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program to spouses and children of servicemembers who died in combat.

The Yellow Ribbon Program helps students avoid out-of-pocket tuition and fees for education programs that cost more than their post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits. But it is currently only open to veterans and spouses and children of servicemembers. Brown’s bill would expand Yellow Ribbon to spouses and children of servicemembers who died in combat.

A House panel passed its own version of the G.I. Bill last week.

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