Barr holds VA accountable to Kentucky student veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Barr has introduced bipartisan legislation, the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act, to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs properly and retroactively pays student veterans with the educational housing benefits they have earned.
This legislation, introduced in response to the VA’s failure to comply with the reimbursement rates set by the Forever GI Bill and an IT glitch, requires the VA to correct all under-payments and non-payments no later than January 1, 2020. Additionally, this legislation requires the VA to establish a team of specialists to establish a plan to identify all impacted veteran students, execute proper retroactive payments, and develop a new, functional IT system.
The Senate is expected to pass the companion bill this week and the House of Representatives is expected to consider the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act next week.