U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) visited VCU last month to hold a roundtable discussion with students who are attending the university on the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Webb, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced the Post-9/11 GI Bill legislation his first day in office.
“Even before I ran for office, I thought of the men and women who have served in the military after September 11th as the ‘next greatest generation,'” Webb said. “And we owe it to them to provide them the same educational opportunities that the greatest generation had.”
Signed into law June 30, 2008, and implemented a year later, the bill offers returning service members up to 36 months of benefits including payment of tuition, room and board, fees and educational costs plus a $1,000 a month stipend while enrolled in full-time training.