Yesterday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved legislation, H.R. 331, introduced by Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42) to simplify veterans’ education benefits. The bill was incorporated, along with other veterans’ bills, into another piece of legislation, H.R. 2481, and approved by the Committee.
“Removing unnecessary, bureaucratic delays that complicate education benefits is the least we can do for our veterans,” said Rep. Calvert. “I am pleased that the Veterans’ Affairs Committee has advanced my legislation and I am hopeful it will soon be considered on the House floor. I want to thank Chairman Jeff Miller for his continued leadership on behalf of our country’s veterans.”
H.R. 331 would streamline the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) processes for community colleges that have multiple campuses. Currently, the VA requires community colleges to certify that their veteran students are enrolled for a specific number of classes before the VA will disperse student benefits. These rules must be updated to account for multi-college Community College Districts, such as Riverside Community College District (RCCD). Without such an update, veterans that take classes at a multi-college District see their benefits delayed while colleges and the VA complete and shuffle unnecessary paperwork. H.R. 331 would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to permit the centralized reporting of veteran enrollment by certain groups, districts, and consortiums of educational institutions.