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Booker Wants to Extend GI Bill Benefits for Student-Veterans

Measure would roll back a recent penalty on career military with more than 16 years of services

U.S. Sen Cory Booker is introducing legislation next week to extend GI Bill benefits beyond the current 36 months allowed. The measure would make it easier to transfer the benefits to as-yet unborn children. It would also roll back a recent penalty imposed on career military with more than 16 years of service. Booker announced his proposal at Veterans House on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University.

The Booker initiative would help the one-third of freshly separated veterans who need remedial work, like Matthew Kelly, who explained, “Since the one-third of my GI bill was depleted, I had to take more classes to make the most out of my GI bill. And the typical student only takes 24 to 30 credits in a year, whereas I was taking 40. It definitely had an impact on my GPA and how that presents to employers.”

“Improving the prospects for veterans improves the lives of all New Jerseyans because veterans are the backbones of our communities,” Booker said.

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