The wonderful people over at Got Your 6 emailed me one day asking if I wanted to do a round table podcast talking about the Forever GI Bill. I was in right away. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 AKA the Forever GI Bill works to improve education benefits for Veterans, their dependents, and their survivors. On the panel we have Ashlynne Haycock from TAPS, Lauren Augustine from Got Your 6, and William Hubbard from SVA. The three of them are going to tell me all about the development and execution of this bill.

Covered in Episode 49:

  • This week’s social media events for Suicide Prevention Month
  • Round table discussion with Ashlynne Haycock, Lauren Augustine, and Will Hubbard
    • Why the Forever GI Bill is valuable
    • What it does for Veterans
    • Each of their roles in getting it passed
    • Their experience collaborating with Capitol Hill
    • When and how the bill will be implemented
  • Education Call Center
  • #VeteranOfTheDay Air Force Veteran Beck H. Gee

The #VApodcast is now available in iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and Spotify. Search “Borne the Battle” in your podcast app of choice to subscribe.

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  1. Joe F Broadaway October 9, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I would like to know if there is a way for me to use the remainder of my GI Bill, I only use two years of it. I retired in 1995 had a job and I need to work to pay my bills. I was not able to use the full GI bill before it expired (Ten years after I retired.). I would like to use the last two years.

  2. Darnell Sayles October 3, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    How do I apply for the forever bill. If I got out in 1984 and never used any benefits. how do I go about applying for my benefits. Will I be able to collect in the spring of 2018?

  3. Eric Woodley October 1, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    It was good to see how this new bill is going to help other people out in the long run. My problem is I am one of the people that were affected by ITT Tech closing its doors. I had to go to a new school and start over from scratch. After finding out that this bill was passed me and my family were so happy that someone did something to help the vets out there. My only problem now is that when I call up to the VA for help or any information, no one knows anything. The last information I received from the Education team is that this could take longer than a year to find out who gets the clock rolled back or how it will even work. So even with all that has been done some vets are still feeling the runaround from the people that are set up to help us in a time of need. For someone has dropped the ball on information and no one wants to notice the elephant in the corner that is the broken link of communication.

  4. Eugene F Kennedy Jr September 27, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Does this apply to Veterans who did not use up all of their MGIB entitlements. I retired in 2003?

  5. James Lee Spencer September 25, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    I was unable to collect under the old GI Bill. I was going through an Apprenticeship for Heavy Equipment Operations, and it ended about a month after I started the three year program. I didn’t collect a cent from the VA GI Bill, I did complete the program buy the way and became a Journeyman.

  6. shawn taylor September 22, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I am reaching out to Timothy Lawson on behalf of VeteransAgainstAlzheimer’s.
    I am the founder and president of this new initiative & will be officially launching the evening of October 3rd on Capitol Hill.
    I enjoy listening to your podcasts and always look at the Veteran of the Day Posts. I try to share them on my FB as often as possible.
    I would welcome the opportunity to talk with you and your convenience.

    Many thanks, Shawn Taylor

  7. william m. reading September 22, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    we need the fourever GI Bill also need a round table for veterans can discuss the problems they are have getting their benefits even today!!!!! also discuss 02 and tubbing we need the small portable conceracter that weigs less than 3 pounds. tubbing has taken me down 3 times damn near killing me thank you, William m. reading Greenville, N.C. hope tyo hear from all of you William reading 12:46PM 9/22/2017 Friday

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