Veterans who sign up for the Forever GI Bill have access to a broader palate of education benefits, as of Aug. 1.
Under provisions of a new law:
* Purple Heart recipients who received their medals after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are now eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for up to 36 months, even if they are not already entitled to them.
* Families of service members or veterans who have lost a family member can reallocate any transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
* National Guard members and reservists who serve additional duty now can apply that duty toward their Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility.
* More GI Bill students are eligible for educational benefits under an expanded Yellow Ribbon Program, which pays for all tuitions and fees at public schools and some of these at private or non-resident schools.
Veterans who are taking science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculums also soon would benefit from other provisions in the near future. There will be a pilot program for high-technology training, aimed at training veterans for quick entry into the workforce for these high-demand jobs. Also, another expansion of the Yellow Ribbon Program will take effect Aug. 1, 2022.