Don’t Force Troops to Pay for Their Military Benefits

Target: Representative Phil Roe, Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman

Goal: Don’t force veterans to pay thousands in fees for their GI benefits.

Veterans may soon be forced to pay thousands of dollars in fees simply to earn their GI benefits. Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would take $2,400 out of service members’ paychecks so that they can be eligible for GI benefits. About $100 per month would be charged to these soldiers and veterans.

GI benefits make it possible for the men and women who dedicated their lives to the protection of the United States to access affordable education and housing. After serving their country for years in never-ending wars, education and housing seem like the least the country can do for them and their dedication.

The president and fellow Republicans have often talked about protecting the country’s veterans. However, this legislation proves these were just empty promises. Sign the petition and demand that the legislation be revoked. We should thank our soldiers and help them transition from military life into civilian life, not hinder them.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Representative Roe,

You have recently introduced legislation that would force servicemen and women to pay thousands of dollars in order to be eligible for GI benefits. Isn’t their service, their dedication to protecting the United States and its citizens in the face of war, payment enough?

The GI benefits have helped soldiers transition into civilian life. They have given soldiers education and skills that have led them onto prosperous careers. To force them to pay, after risking their lives for the country, is insulting. I ask that you remove this legislation from consideration.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. Wendy Morrison says:

    Anyone who served and/or are serving i. Tbe United StTes military service should NEVER be made to pay for their own medical expenses.

  2. Wendy Morrison says:

    Anyone who served and/or are serving i. Tbe United StTes military service should NEVER be made to pay for their own medical expenses.

    • These are not medical benefits, this is the old “GI bill” now called the Montgomery Bill I believe, that allows military personnel and veterans to have a matching sum paid toward their college fees and tuition…..it is a program that has been around since the end of WWII and helped create the “boom” years of 1950’s-1970’s, as veteran of WWII went to college essentially for free. BUT, the GOP doesn’t see that as a benefit to society as a whole, apparently….short sighted idiots.

      • Hosea McAdoo says:

        I was the beneficiary of the GI Bill in the 1970s. There was no matching. I got a stipend and paid the rest if there were any extra costs. There was only a requirement to be enrolled in an approved educational objective and to have served the contracted time and honorably discharged. It helped me finish my medical schooling. I am very thankful.

  3. If Congress wants military personnel to pay for their earned benefits, then I say Congress should fight its own damn wars. Personally.

  4. Hosea McAdoo says:

    These idiot leaders mostly have never served. They want others to fight wars for corporate greed. Never mind the fatalaties, injuries and mental breakage of the soldiers and there is total disregard for the civilian killing and destruction.

    After all the raving for war and promises of support our greedy, psychopathic, cowardly worthless so called leaders consider the military as disposable.

    I am a veteran and am ashamed to be a US citizen these days. Our Country has turned to crap. No wonder more Mexicans are fleeing to Mexico than coming in. I don’t see how USA can survive the Republicans and Trump, whatever he is.

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