Re: "This new tax on troops is absurd"
I'm confused (no surprise there...)
"Prior to 2008, service members had the option of paying into the Montgomery GI Bill, an educational benefit created during peacetime that came with a $1,200 non-reimbursable enrollment fee."
So, before 2008, they had to pay $1,200 to receive the GI Bill benefits, right?
"The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, or GI Bill, signed into law by President George W. Bush included funding to pay 100 percent of a public four-year undergraduate education to a veteran who had served three years on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001."
Did this eliminate the $1,200 enrollment fee? It's unclear from the text of the article.
"The VFW charged that the proposal under consideration by the House committee would impose out-of-pocket fees on troops that could amount to $2,400 for access to GI Bill benefits."
This makes it sound like the $2,400 is a new charge - it was free but now they're going to be charged $2,400. Is that the case? If so, I can understand why they're upset.
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