Letters From Veterans & Military Organizations

Veterans Education Success works with our veteran & military allies to maximize our collective advocacy impact.  We often submit formal letters of recommendations to federal agencies and Congress.

28 Veterans and Military Leaders ask US Federal Trade Commission to release the names of the schools that participated in fake military recruiting websites (Nov. 19, 2018) (click here). Related letter to US Congressional Armed Services Committees requesting their work to ensure future military recruitment is not disrupted by fraudulent college lead generator companies (Nov. 20, 2018) (click here).

Letter urging the US Department of Labor to ensure adequate quality controls in apprenticeship programs approved for GI Bill (Nov 19, 2018) (click here)

Recommendation to the US Education Department (USED) of negotiators representing veterans and military students on USED’s 2019 Negotiated Rulemaking (Nov. 15, 2018) (click here)

Letter urging the US Federal Communications Commission to protect veterans’ broadband internet access (Oct. 29, 2018) (click here)

Public comment from 28 veterans and military service organizations urging the Education Department to maintain strong integrity rules against waste, fraud, and abuse, and to expand competency-based education (Sept. 14, 2018) (click here)

Letter from 15 veterans and military service organizations urging the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to fix delays in GI Bill payments to veterans and schools (Sept. 14, 2018) (click here)

Public Comment by VES against the Education Department’s proposal to completely rescind the requirement that career college programs meet minimum Gainful Employment metrics (Sept. 13, 2018) (click here)

27 veteran and military service organizations oppose the US Education Department's rollback of protections for taxpayers and students in Borrower Defense to Repayment rules, and include quotes from veterans with pending Borrower Defense applications.  (Aug. 30, 2018) (click here).  Also, some individual veterans filed their own public comments about their experiences. (Aug. 30, 2018) (click here).

38 veterans and military service organizations call on the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and US Defense Department to stop the rollback of servicemembers' rights under the Military Lending Act (Aug. 23, 2018) (click here

  • Resubmitted Sept. 5 with additional signatures (click here)

  • FULL PAGE NEWSPAPER AD nationwide here.

  • Petition here

  • Same letter borrowed submitted by a smaller, additional coalition here.

  • Defense Department response here

VES' public comment urging the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to maintain robust consumer financial education and to protect the Office of Servicemember Affairs (July 9, 2018) (click here)

42 federal ethics experts, national veterans and military service organizations, and consumer protection and education experts urge the US Department of Veterans Affairs to properly implement an anti-corruption ethics law for VA employees taking gifts from for-profit colleges (June 20, 2018) (click here)

VES' public comment urging the Education Department not to postpone implementation of State Authorization rules (June 2018) (click here)

Veterans and Military leaders urge the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to maintain robust public reporting and database of consumer complaints (June 2018) (click here)

VES' public comment regarding oversight of college accreditors to US Education Department's National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (May 2018) (click here)

33 Veterans & Military Leaders write to House leaders opposing PROSPER Act (March 2018) (click here)

VFW, National Military Family Association and a dozen other Veterans & Military Service Organizations ask Congress to protect the rule against 300% interest "payday loans" (March 2018) (click here). (The American Legion also wrote Congress to protect the payday rule here.)

Consumer and veterans service organizations ask Congress to protect servicemembers from credit bureau problems (like Equifax) (click here)

30 Veterans and Military Service Organizations ask the Education Department not to reinstate ACICS (Feb. 2018) (click here)

Veterans and Military Service Organizations ask the US Senate Commerce Committee to prioritize servicemembers, veterans, and military families in Federal Trade Commission oversight (Feb. 2018) (click here)

36 Veterans and Military Service Organizations write to Senate Education Chairman regarding Higher Education Act (Feb. 2018) (click here)

  • VFW letter on Higher Education Act (available upon request)

  • Student Veterans of America comment on Higher Education Act (click here)

  • VES Statement for the Record on Higher Education Act (click here)

Veterans and Military service organizations call on Congress to preserve and expand Public Service Loan Forgiveness (Nov. 2017) (click here)

19 Veterans and Military service organizations' public comment on US Federal Trade Commission's proposed settlement with Victory Media's "Military Friendly Schools" (click here) (Nov. 2017).  Additional comments by:

  • Student Veterans of America (click here)

  • Education and consumer groups (click here)

  • US Senators (click here)

Veterans and military service organizations' public comment on the Education Department's priorities for discretionary funding (Nov. 2017) (click here)

Consumer, education, and veterans organizations urge House and Senate Armed Services Committees to review and update regulations governing debt collectors' interactions with military unit commanders (NDAA section 653) (click here)

Letter from 30 national veterans & military service organizations nominating veterans/military representatives for the Education Department's Borrower Defense and Gainful Employment nominations (Sept. 2017) (click here)

Letter from 34 national veterans & military service organizations urging the Education Department not to roll back student protections (Sept. 2017)

Student Veterans of America Letter to U.S. Senate Commerce Committee re: Federal Trade Commission Nominations (Sept. 2017) (click here)

National Guard Association of the United States Resolutions to close the 90/10 loophole, require schools to disclose credit transfer and other policies, and reinstate GI Bill for veterans at closed schools (Sept. 2017) (click here)

The American Legion Resolution to Close the 90/10 Loophole (Aug. 2017) (click here)

The American Legion Resolution to Protect Gainful Employment & Borrower Defense Rules (Aug. 2017) (click here)

The American Legion Resolution in Favor of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Rule Against Forced Arbitration (Aug. 2017) (click here)

The Military Coalition Letter to Congress re: Protecting CFPB (Aug. 2017) (click here).

The Military Coalition Letter to Congress re: CFPB Arbitration Rule (July 2017) (click here).

The American Legion Encourages Congress to Close the 90/10 Loophole (July 2017) (click here).

Public Comment from 33 Leading Veterans and Military Organizations to the Education Department Regarding its Proposal to Revise "Borrower Defense" and "Gainful Employment" (click here) (July 2017)

Letter from 31 Leading Veterans and Military Organizations to Congress and Education Secretary DeVos Requesting the "Borrower Defense" Protection for Defrauded Veterans be Protected (June 2017)

Letter from state Attorneys General to Education Secretary DeVos re: Borrower Defense to Repayment applications (June 2017)

Letter from veterans & military service organizations to Congress re: GI Bill expansion legislative priorities for 2017 (June 2017)

Letter from veterans, military, civil rights, education, and consumer groups to US Education Secretary re: EDMC's proposed conversion to, and merger with, the non-profit Dream Center Foundation (May 2017)

Letter from 29 veterans & military organizations to Congress re: preserving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its work for service members, veterans, survivors, and military families (May 2017)

Letter from VES to U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau re: monitoring of student loan servicers (April 2017)

Letter to Congress from 53 Veterans, Civil Rights, Consumer Protection, and Student Organizations (March 2017)

Comment to U.S. Education Department's National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity regarding Distance Education Accrediting Commission (March 2017)

Veterans and Military Organizations Ask Buyers of University of Phoenix to Voluntarily Close 90/10 Loophole, Stop Deceptive Recruiting of Veterans and Service Members (January 2017)

Veterans and Military Organizations Urge Congressional Leaders to Keep Student Protections (January 2017)

The Military Coalition's 2017 Legislative Agenda (January 2017)

Veterans Leaders Express Outrage Over Manipulation of GI Bill to Offset Cap on Education Funds; 90/10 Data Released by Education Department (Dec. 2016)

Veterans and Military Organizations Ask the House Armed Services Committee to Keep Protections in Place to Prevent Fraudulent and Deceptive Recruiting on Base (July 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) (May 2016)

Veterans and Military Organizations Ask Senators McCain and Reed to Keep Protections in Place to Prevent Fraudulent and Deceptive Recruiting on Base (2016)

Twenty-three Veterans and Military Organizations Ask for More Oversight of the GI Bill (2016)

Indiana Governor Michael Pence Letter to VA Secretary Calling for Reinstatement of GI Bill for Veterans at ITT Technical Institutes (September 2016)

9 Veterans and Military Organizations Write Regarding the Renewal of ACICS as an Accreditor (2016)

VES And Student Veterans of America Provide Recommendations of Criteria for Caution Flags in the GI Bill Comparison Tool (2016)

Eight Veterans and Military Organizations Urge the Department of Education to Ban Forced-Arbitration Clauses in Enrollment Agreements (2016)

Veterans, Military, Education, and Consumer Organizations Write to Education Department regarding New Student Complaint System (2016)

Veterans & Military Organizations Thank Defense Department for Upholding Rules Against University of Phoenix, Request Strong Enforcement of DOD Rule (2015)

Veterans, Military, Education & Consumer Organizations Write to Education Secretary Requesting Action on Consumer Fraud (2015)

Veterans, Military, Education, and Consumer Organizations Urge Education Department to Alert Consumers to Investigations of Colleges (2015)

Public Comment by Veterans & Military Organizations on the Education Department's Proposed College Ratings System (2014)

Public Comment by Veterans & Military Organizations on the Massachusetts Attorney General's Proposed Regulations (2014)

Veterans, Military, Education & Consumer Organizations Write to President Obama Requesting Strong Rules on "Gainful Employment" (2014)

Veterans & Military Organizations Ask Congressional Appropriators to Better Protect Defense Department Education Funds (as well as an American Legion Letter to Durbin) (also an American Legion Letter to Cochran)(2013)

Public Comment by Veterans & Military Organizations Providing Suggestions to Defense Department on Tuition Assistance MOU (2013)

Public Comment by Veterans & Military Organizations on the Need to Count Veterans in the Education Department's IPEDS System (2013)

Public Comment by Veterans & Military Organizations Providing Suggestions for VA's Student Complaint Intake System (2013)

Veterans, Military, Education & Consumer Organizations Write President Obama to Request Effective Rulemaking on "Gainful Employment" (2013)

VES Public Comment on the Need for Gainful Employment Regulations (2013)

VES Letter to the Education Department Regarding its 2013 Strategic Plan (2013)

Veterans & Military Leaders' "Millitary & Veteran Students Educational Bill of Rights" (2012)

 VeS President carrie wofford  discusses labor market changes and risk shifts affecting enrollment in for-profit colleges  at the economic policy institute with Lower-ed author tressie mcmillan Cottom, march 2017

VeS President carrie wofford discusses labor market changes and risk shifts affecting enrollment in for-profit colleges at the economic policy institute with Lower-ed author tressie mcmillan Cottom, march 2017