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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Post-9/11 GI Bill Improves Opportunities for Maine Veterans

  • January 4, 2012
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Improved benefits and other features provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill have helped double the number of military veterans from Maine taking advantage of the program since its new enhancements took effect in 2009.

The measure pays for veterans to attend college or enroll for career training, and also includes a housing stipend. One new feature allows veterans to transfer benefits to dependents.

“The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the most exciting thing to happen to GI education benefits, literally, in decades,” Robert Haley, director of the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Programs, told the Portland Press Herald. The legislation is providing 3,000 Maine residents about $20 million per year, he said.

A six-year Navy veteran interviewed for the story is attending classes at the University of Maine full time to become a high school health teacher, avoiding taking on college debt and receiving money to support his family.

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