America’s population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? And why has yearly VA disability payments tripled since 2000 to reach $60 billion in 2014?
The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday launched a new version of the GI Bill Comparison Tool, which is designed to make it easier for veterans, servicemembers, and dependents to estimate their education benefits and learn more about VA’s approved college, university, and other education and training programs across the country.
Perhaps the first thing veterans using GI Bill education benefits should understand about new “in-state tuition” protection that Congress approved last month is that it won’t take effect for another year, by fall semester 2015.