Benefits Blog

Jill Biden Promotes New GI Bill Comparison Tool

  • Jill Biden has been on the media circuit to promote the new Post 9/11 GI Bill Comparison Tool -- an online service launched in February by the Department of Veteran's Affairs. The Second Lady has given numerous interviews to boast the tool's user-friendly features, which allow service members to estimate tuition and fees, book stipends, and housing allowances for each school that they are interested in applying to.

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Massachusetts Bill Expands Services for Vets

  • A new bill recently passed in Massachusetts promises to expand services and educational opportunities for military personnel, as well as veterans and their families. Property tax relief along with with employment, education, and health care support services are among the provisions of Valor Act II -- building on the state's existing laws to support military families.

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Proposed Ohio Bill Promises Vets College Credit for Military Experience

  • A bill that recently passed with flying colors in the Ohio House would guarantee veterans college credit for their military experience.

    Now headed to the Ohio Senate, the proposed legislation would standardize awarding of college credit for military experience across all publicly funded colleges as well as state organizations issuing certifications and licenses for professional vocations. The legislation follows on the heels of the 26 other states that have passed similar legislation in response to reports of high post 9/11 veteran unemployment rates.

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Emphasizing Cultural Understanding Through ROTC

  • The ROTC Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program (CULP) is one of many summer enrichment opportunities offered to ROTC cadets. Designed to immerse cadets in the language, culture, and socio-sconomic landscape of other countries, CULP helps cadets learn first hand about the day-to-day lives of those outside of their familiar American experience.

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New Government Tool Connects Veterans with Civilian Jobs

  • "Starting today, every service member, every veteran and every military family member will have access to a new online tool that will revolutionize how you find jobs in both the public and private sectors." These were the encouraging remarks of First Lady Michelle Obama when she and Dr. Jill Biden attended a gathering of more than 1,200 Soldiers and military family members at Campbell Army Airfield at Fort Campbell, KY on April 23.

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