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Online comparison tool available to examine veterans benefits

Published: February 23, 2014 12:00 AM

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently launched an online GI Bill Comparison Tool to make it easier for veterans, service members and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA's approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country.

"We are pleased that Post-9/11 veterans are taking advantage of this significant benefit program," said Under Secretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey. "The new GI Bill Comparison Tool will help future beneficiaries as they make decisions about what education or training program best fits their needs."

The GI Bill Comparison Tool is one item in a series of resources VA is launching in response to President Obama's Executive Order 13607, which directs agencies to implement and promote "Principles of Excellence" for education institutions that interact with veterans, service members and their families; and to ensure beneficiaries have the information they need to make educated choices about VA education benefits and approved programs. Recently, VA also instituted a GI Bill online complaint system, designed to collect feedback from veterans, service members and their families who are experiencing problems with educational institutions receiving funding from Federal military and veterans educational benefits programs, including benefits program provided by the Post-9/11 Bill and the DoD Military Tuition Assistance Program.

The executive order, signed April 27, 2012, directs federal agencies to provide meaningful cost and quality information on schools, prevent deceptive recruiting practices and provide high-quality academic and student support services. VA works closely with partner institutions to ensure the needs of GI Bill beneficiaries are met.

More than 5,000 education institutions have agreed to the Principles of Excellence.

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The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a comprehensive education benefit created by Congress in 2008. In general, veterans and service members who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001 are eligible. Since 2009, VA has distributed over $30 billion the form of tuition and other education-related payments to more than one million veterans, service members and their families, and to the universities, colleges and trade schools they attend.

The GI Bill Comparison Tool can be found at: http:/benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center: The Wade Park Campus of the VAMC is located at 10701 East Boulevard in Cleveland. For directions to the hospital, call 877-838-8262, or 216-791-3800. Thanks! seman.ronald@att.net.

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