Veterans Education Success thanks our Congressional allies who introduce bills, hold hearings, and write letters to federal agencies to do the right thing for military-connected students!
March 2018: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley examines lax oversight of "visa mills" offering visas to foreign students (click here)
Jan. 2017: Senator Blumenthal urges VA Secretary Shulkin on better oversight of GI Bill (click here)
Jan. 2017: Senator Carper letter to VA Secretary Shulkin on veteran student loan debt (click here)
Dec. 2017: Senators Reed and Durbin ask Defense Secretary Mattis to Release Contracts Between For-Profit Colleges and Military Installations (letter here).
Nov. 2017: Senators urge Defense Secretary Mattis to warn servicemembers attending Ashford and to cease new enrollments (click here)
Nov. 2017: Senators urge VA Secretary Shulkin to warn GI Bill students attending Ashford (click here)
Nov. 2017: Senators Urge Federal Trade Commission to Strengthen Settlement Terms with Victory Media/ "Military Friendly Schools" (click here)
Nov. 2017: Senators Write VA Secretary Shulkin to Uphold Protections Against For-Profit College Corruption Following VA Decision to Back Down From Blanket Ethics Waiver (click here)
Oct. 2017: Sen. Murray and Colleagues Question Decision by VA Secretary Shulkin to Weaken Protections for Veterans from Predatory For-Profit Colleges; Ask for Immediate Suspension (news release here, letter here)
Oct. 2017: Sen. Carper urges VA Secretary to rescind proposal to allow VA employees to receive financial benefits from for-profit colleges (click here).
July 2017: The American Legion Encourages Congress to Close the 90/10 Loophole (July 2017) (click here).
June 2017 Senators' Letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Requesting Protection of Students' Right to "Borrower Defense" (forgiveness of student loans for defrauded students)
May 2017 Bipartisan Letter to Education Dept. Requesting Action on Defrauded Students' (especially Veterans') Right to "Borrower Defense" from Nevada Senators Cortez Masto and Heller (and press release)
May, 2016 Veterans and Military Organizations Ask Senator Manchin to Keep Protections in Place to Prevent Fraudulent and Deceptive Recruiting on Base (and a separate letter from twelve state Attorneys General)(an explanatory Q&A on the amendment)
July, 2013 Veterans & Military Organizations Ask Congressional Appropriators to Better Protect Defense Department Education Funds (as well as a Letter from The American Legion to Sen. Durbin and an American Legion Letter to Sen. Cochran)
Ethics Law to Prohibit For-Profit Colleges From Giving VA Employees Gifts, Stock, Dividends, Salaries, etc. cleared Congress in September 2018, as section 302 of S.3469 (click here).
Higher Education Act Reauthorization
Senate Republican Committee white paper (click here)
Senate Democratic Committee principles (click here)
House Republican Committee bill (click here)
US Defense Department position paper opposing the bill (click here)
US Navy position paper opposing the bill (click here)
VES' Statement for the Record (click here)
33 Veterans & Military Leaders' letter to House leaders opposing PROSPER Act (click here)
36 Veterans & Military Leaders' letter to Senate leaders (click here)
Veterans & Military Leaders' leave-behind wish list for HEA (click here)
VFW letter to Chair & Ranking of Senate & House Education Committees (available upon request to VFW)
Student Veterans of America letter (click here)
US Education Dept. Office of Inspector General letter on Higher Education Act (click here)
Big 10 student government association leaders oppose PROSPER Act (click here)
Speaker Paul Ryan & Sen. Patty Murray Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (click here)
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Arbitration Protection Rule
The Military Coalition's Letter to Congress to protect the Arbitration rule (click here)
The American Legion Resolution in Favor of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Rule (Aug. 2017) (click here)
Consumer Federation of America: Fact: Financial Companies Deny Military Families Their Day in Court (click here)
HR 3218: "Forever GI Bill" Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (signed into law Aug. 2017), incorporating:
HR 1379 (to expand GI Bill to cover all Purple Heart recipients)
HR 1384: Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act (to expand GI Bill to cover all National Guard and Reserve Guard orders, especially 12304a and 12304b orders)
HR 2103: Julian Woods Yellow Ribbon Program Expansion Act (to expand Yellow Ribbon to GI Bill beneficiaries who are children or spouses of service members who died in the line of duty)
Career Ready Student Veterans Act - House of Representatives - passed unanimously Feb. 9, 2016
Career-Ready Student Veterans Act - Senate - passed unanimously Dec. 10, 2016, as part of Public Law 114-315 (Miller-Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016)
10 U.S.C. 2006a, 2014 National Defense Authorization Act s. 541 - signed into law Dec. 2013
Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2012 - signed into law Jan. 2013
November 2018: House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on VA’s delays in GI Bill housing allowance payments. VES’ Statement for the Record is here.
November 2017: House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on a Review of the Interagency Transition Assistance Program and the Need for Outcome Measures. VES' Statement for the Record is here.
October 2017: House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on flight school tuition cap, among other topics. VES' Statement for the Record is here.
July 2017: House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing: HR 3218, Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017. Here is VES' Statement for the Record.
June 2017: House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing: Improving the Quality and Timeliness of GI Bill Processing for Student Veterans (video). Documents here.
VES Statement for the Record on Legislative Priorities for the 115th Congress.
January 2017: VA Secretary Nominee David Shulkin (commits to protecting veterans from deceptive, predatory colleges at minutes 1:28:24 and 1:30:37 in this C-Span video)
November 2016: U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing: Defense Department Actions Concerning Voluntary Education Programs (also Chairman's oversight report; VES letter; and veterans & military organizations' 2013 public comment on Defense Department Voluntary Education MOU)
July 23, 2013: U.S. Senate Hearing: The 90/10 Rule: Improving Educational Outcomes for Our Military and Veterans
May 16, 2012: U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee: Examining Executive Order #13607 and Its Impact on Schools and Veterans
March 8, 2012: U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee: Legislative Hearing (including HR 4057, which became P.L. 112-249)
September 22, 2011: U.S. Senate Hearing: Improving Educational Outcomes for Our Military
July 21, 2011: U.S. Senate Hearing: Improving For-Profit Higher Education: A Roundtable Discussion of Policy Solutions
June 7, 2011: U.S. Senate Hearing: Drowning in Debt: Financial Outcomes of Students at For-Profit Colleges
March 10, 2011: U.S. Senate Hearing: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.: A Case study in For-Profit Education and Oversight
September 30, 2010: U.S. Senate Hearing: The Federal Investment in For-Profit Education: Are Students Succeeding?
August 4, 2010: U.S. Senate Hearing: For-Profit Schools: The Student Recruitment Experience
June 24, 2010: U.S. Senate Hearing: Emerging Risk? An Overview of the Federal Investment in For-Profit Education
November 2, 2018: US Representative Adam Smith (D-WA) Meets with Washington Student Veterans about Protecting the GI Bill and Student Veterans (click here)
Elevating Veterans' Voices - After Action Report - Summer and Fall 2017 (click here)
November 13, 2017: U.S. Representative Luke Messer (R-IN) Meets with Indiana Student Veterans About Forever GI Bill; New Law Will Restore Benefits to Veterans Attending ITT Tech When School Closed (VES Press Release here. Rep. Messer Press Release here. Photos and tweet here). Coverage by Fox59 TV Indianapolis: VA To Begin Notifying Thousands of Veterans Who Lost Benefits When ITT Tech Shut Down; Greenfield Daily Reporter: Law Restores Education Benefits For Vets; WBOI NPR News: Federal Law to Restore Veteran Benefits After ITT Tech Closure
October 13, 2017: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Meets with Connecticut Student Veterans about GI Bill Issues, the Forever GI Bill, and How to Protect Student Veterans (Press Release here. Photos and tweets here and here)
August 24, 2017: Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) Meets with Defrauded Louisiana Veterans, Hears How Some Colleges Target GI Bill with Consumer Fraud and Dishonorable Practices. (Press Release here. Photos and tweets here and here.)
August 22, 2017: Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) Meets with Defrauded California ITT Tech Veteran at Veterans Town Hall, is Thanked for His Leadership Restoring GI Bill Benefits to ITT Tech and Corinthian Veterans. (Press release here. Photos and tweet here and here.)
August 21, 2017: Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) Addresses Defrauded Student Veterans in Town Hall. (Tweet here.)
August 17, 2017: Rep. David Young (R-IA) Meets with Defrauded Iowa Veterans, Hears How Some Colleges Target GI Bill with Consumer Fraud and Dishonorable Practices. (Press release here. Photos and tweets here and here.)
August 15, 2017: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) Meets with Veterans Education Success, Hears How Some Colleges Target GI Bill with Consumer Fraud and Dishonorable Practices. (Photos and tweet here.)
August 7, 2017: Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) Meets with Defrauded Virginia Veterans, Hears How Some Colleges Target GI Bill with Consumer Fraud and Dishonorable Practices. (Press release here. Photo and tweet here.)
August 2, 2017: Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) Meets with Defrauded Illinois Veterans, Hears How Some Colleges Target GI Bill with Consumer Fraud and Dishonorable Practices. (Press release here. Photos and tweet here, here and here.)
August 2, 2017: BREAKING: Congress Unanimously Passes the Forever GI Bill, Restores GI Bill to ITT Tech & Corinthian Veterans (click here).
July 7, 2017: Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) Meets with Defrauded Colorado Veterans, Hears How Some Colleges Target GI Bill with Consumer Fraud and Dishonorable Practices. (Press release here. Photos and tweet here)
December 12, 2016 VES Hails Final Passage of Career Ready Student Veterans Act, Thanks Sens. Blumenthal, Cassidy, Tills, and Reps. Miller and Takano
VES President Carrie Wofford testifies before the bipartisan Congressional Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making (October 2016)