Target: U.S. Congress
Goal: Reinstate stipends for veteran’s housing between school terms
Since 2011, veterans who seek higher education have not been given living stipends for the weeks in between terms. This forces veterans to either find temporary jobs just to pay the bills, gather damaging loans, or quit school entirely to join the work force. Demand Congress re-institute “break pay” programs so veterans have the opportunity to concentrate on getting a higher education.
When veterans return from service, Veteran’s Affairs (VA) is often the sole means through which higher education can be reached; veterans rely on the stipends VA provides to pay for housing while studying. Up until 2011 they also relied on “break pay”, an essential part of aid which covered housing for the few weeks in between terms starting. This was necessary for veterans to be able to concentrate solely on getting a higher education, but has since been revoked.
Without having “break pay” for these few weeks, many veterans are forced to take out private loans to cover their education, something the entire benefits program is supposed to prevent. Many veterans quit higher education all together to avoid the burden brought on by the absence of “break pay”; finding a short term job to pay for bills is nearly impossible. By eliminating this financial burden and reinstating “break pay”, veterans will be more willing and able to pursue higher education goals and a better life.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage the U.S. Congress to reinstate “break pay” for veterans so that they can pursue a higher education. After all they have sacrificed for our country, veterans should not be denied the support they deserve.
Dear members of U.S. Congress,
Veterans who decide to pursue higher education have not received living stipends for the time in between terms since 2011. This forces veterans to either find temporary jobs, take out private loans, or quit school entirely. Please reinstate “break pay” programs so veterans have the full opportunity and ability to concentrate solely on getting a higher education.
Taking out private loans to cover education is exactly what veteran benefits programs are supposed to prevent. Many veterans are forced to quit pursuing a higher education all together to dodge the burdens brought on by the absence of “break pay”; finding a short term job that can pay for all their bills is nearly impossible. By reinstating “break pay” and eliminating this financial burden, veterans will be better able to pursue a higher education and a better life.
Please take action to reinstate “break pay” benefits for veterans. After all they have done to support our country, we at the very least have an obligation to support them in their educational endeavors.
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