#BorneTheBattle 109: GI Bill 74th Anniversary w/ Barrett Bogue & Lauren Augustine of SVA


Education is one of the most valuable things a person can have. Following World War II, the original GI Bill helped provide Veterans returning from war the opportunity to pursue a college degree. Since its inception, the GI Bill has gone through a few iterations, including the most recent Post 9/11 GI Bill receiving the Forever GI Bill enhancement.

The GI Bill celebrates its 74th anniversary this month. To join the celebration of this wonderful benefit’s 75th year, I invited a couple members of Student Veterans of America to join me in a discussion of the history of the GI Bill, its evolution, and its latest iteration. With me for this week’s episode is Marine Veteran Barrett Bogue, SVA’s Vice President for Public Relations and Public Engagement and Army Veteran Lauren Augustine, Vice President of Government Affairs. Both of them have experience working in higher education and had a close view of what it took to pass the Forever GI Bill.

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


  1. John    

    The change to basing the monthly housing on campuses where students attend most classes is going to impact a lot of veterans negatively. Vets in their 3rd or 4th semester may have to change universities because they can no longer afford to live in the city they study. There should be a grandfather clause for them. For example, there are students in satellite universities located in Europe that can’t afford to live in those cities with the international MHA rate. These students should not be punished for this change in the law. When they first signed up for their studies they were counting on that satellite school rate. Changing that halfway through their studies is unfair and was not taken into account by the people that made this new bill.

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