Armed Forces News

Alarmed at the delays in education-benefit payments to veterans, the chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee is taking remedial steps. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., announced that the Economic Opportunity subcommittee would hold an oversight hearing on Nov 14 to address the issue.
“It is of great concern to me that there continues to be excessive GI Bill payment delays and that VA remains unable to properly implement … necessary changes to the system,” Roe, a medical doctor, said in a statement published on the committee’s web site.
During the hearing, lawmakers expect VA officials to provide an update on plans to implement provisions of the “Forever GI Bill” that became law last year. They will focus on VA efforts to enhance information technology (IT), with the intent of avoiding mishaps in which payments went to the wrong places and persons.