Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is cosponsoring legislation to ensure VA educational benefits are continued throughout the pandemic of coronavirus. Under existing rules, the thousands of veterans, spouses, and dependents utilizing GI Bill benefits receive half of the authorized housing allowance for online classes rather than the full amount for attending classes in person. With university closures across the country, these veterans are at risk of losing potentially hundreds of dollars in benefits per month, through no fault of their own.
“Due to the pandemic of coronavirus, schools and universities across the country are closing in order to reduce community spread of the virus,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “During this unprecedented time, veterans utilizing the GI Bill should not lose any of the benefits they have earned from selflessly serving our country. This bipartisan legislation will ensure their benefits are retained so they can continue their education without financial consequences or disruption. I’m honored to advocate for our North Country veterans each day and will continue to work on legislation to ensure minimum disruption for veterans and all of my constituents.”