By Dan Bernal
On August 30th, the UNLV Rebel Vets and Rebel Women Vets welcomed Student Veterans of America Jared Lyon as they hosted a town-hall event to share the great news with expanded benefits included in the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, the Forever GI Bill, which President Trump had signed into law earlier in August. The bill, sponsored by Rep. David Roe, R-Tenn., had more than 120 co-sponsors including Rep. Jacky Rosen and Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., signed onto the bill on the Senate side.
Jared Lyon, president/CEO of Student Veterans of America, presented a great overview of this significant legislation. Key points he shared included: Purple Heart Equity, which grants full GI Bill benefits to Purple Heart recipients regardless of total time in service; Yellow Ribbon for Survivors, removing technical oversight that excludes survivors from the Yellow Ribbon Program; Reservist Equity, addressing remedies to the VA’s definition of “active duty service”; and the “Forever” designation – ending the arbitrary 15-year use-it-or-lose-it time limit, thereby acknowledging and encouraging Veterans and family members who go back to school later in life.
UNLV RebelVets President Randy Dexter also shared developments on campus with regard to the UNLV Veteran & Military Center. All Veterans, active component service members, and families are encouraged to visit: www.forevergibill.org for more detailed information, and to contact the UNLV Veteran & Military Center on campus, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Bldg SSC-A , Room 311, or call 702-774-4611.