Our Troops: New GI Bill!

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    Aug 21, 2008 4:20 PM GMT
    Fellow U.S. military personnel. There's a new GI Bill. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org) has sent out the following message. Make sure you check it out and sign up to receive the benefits you are entitled to! Here's the message:

    We fought for a new GI Bill, and because of you, we won. Now it's time to take the next step.

    This morning, I had the honor of addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Convention in Orlando, Florida. The VFW was one of our major allies in the fight for the new GI Bill, and we wouldn't have succeeded without their support.
    As part of my remarks, I announced IAVA's relaunch of www.GIBill2008.org.
    The website, which served as a critical hub of online activism during our fight for the new GI Bill, is now a resource center for members of the military to learn about their hard-earned education benefits.

    Starting this week, www.GIBill2008.org will provide America's newest generation of veterans with the tools they need to access the new GI Bill. It includes an interactive benefits calculator based on your zip code, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and the latest news and information about the new GI Bill as it goes into effect.

    IAVA is committed to helping eligible veterans access their new benefit, and we've begun community outreach with ads in newspapers across the country, urging veterans to visit www.GIBill2008.org.
    The original GI Bill made education affordable for millions of veterans during the 20th century. Thanks to your help in fighting for the new GI Bill, millions more will have the same opportunity in the 21st century. None of this would be possible without your continued support.

    Thank you.

  • blahatthat

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    Aug 21, 2008 4:32 PM GMT
    To anyone that has served and is serving in our armed forces. [salutes] icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 21, 2008 5:17 PM GMT
    Thanks buddy, I served in Iraq and was wounded pretty badly all information helps. ALL of our troops who serve need to be taken care of!!!

    Again Thank You,

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    Aug 22, 2008 12:04 AM GMT
  • groundcombat

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    Aug 22, 2008 2:07 AM GMT

    Thanks for serving.
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    Aug 22, 2008 2:13 PM GMT
    Our troops definitely deserve it and more ... for those of you that didn't know, this new GI Bill has World War II-style educational benefits ... from what I understand it's going to take a while to kick in because they still have to set it up but as far as it being a reality with majority of Congress pushing for it (event President Bush initially threatened to veto it and some members of congress actually -for the life of me can't understand why-opposed it), it is now signed into law.

    There was major political drama to get this approved, so it did not come easy. Check this story out that appeared on dailykos.com:

    "Support the troops, pretty please?"
    by Kagro X
    Fri Apr 04, 2008 at 06:55:48 AM PDT

    Super-Duper Veteran Guy John McCain gives today's veterans the finger. General Wesley Clark is too professional to say so, but he'll tell you the why of what I'm saying.

    I probably should be giving you the background and the facts about what's being called "the new GI Bill," introduced by Sen. Jim Webb before getting right to the heart of the matter. I should tell you about how it updates the antiquated system of educational rewards for veterans so that they really can get a decent education paid for in exchange for their service, unlike the paltry crumbs they're offered today. And then I should reveal in a way calculated to lightly shame Senator McCain, but still leave the door open for him to save face and join in, that he has not yet joined 50 of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle who have already cosponsored this bill. To read more on this, go to:


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    Aug 22, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    FYI Here's the list of senators (Democrats and Republicans) that voted for it and those that voted against it ... remember that when you go to the voting booth this November:


    This from the following story:

    "Despite Bush's Vow to Veto, GI Bill Passes in a Landslide"


    By Paul Rieckhoff, Huffington Post. Posted May 23, 2008.

    75 Senators stood with veterans yesterday to pass the Webb GI Bill. The remaining hurdle: President Bush.

  • GQjock

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    Aug 22, 2008 4:42 PM GMT
    Yes ... Finally we got a great bill passed

    and It Makes ME Sick...
    That both idiot boy and Grampy McSame
    have been on the stump saying that it's a great bill and that they..

    are they kidding me???

    The sad thing is that people are so uninformed that they believe them
    If it was up to them this bill would have been vetoed and tabled
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    Aug 25, 2008 2:53 AM GMT
    I totally agree ... there's actually politicians (like Grandpa McSame) out there that opposed this and are now taking the credit for it ... it makes me so angry ... for all the BS talk of "supporting our troops" and "patriotism" when it comes to our soldiers', marines', sailors', airmen/women, etc.'s health, future, and well-being, they are always getting the shaft from the conservatives in power ... it makes me SO F-ing mad because in my experience, the soldiers that I've run into are the most noble and selfless people I've ever had the pleasure to meet. The people that I went to bootcamp with came from all walks of life to improve their lives and serve a higher calling and frankly, I hate it how they're getting screwed over. Thank God this new GI Bill is a glimmer of hope ... thanks in no small part to groups like the IAVA (iava.org) and VoteVets.org