New GI Bill now law

Item by Chris Graham

It’s now law – and U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., couldn’t be any happier about the New GI Bill that he helped bring to fruition.

“This is a great day for our veterans. This bill properly provides a modern and fair educational benefit to address the needs of those who answered the call of duty to our country–those who moved toward the sound of the guns – often at great sacrifice,” said Webb, a Vietnam veteran who has a son fighting in Iraq.

The New GI Bill will guarantee post-9/11 military veterans with educational benefits in line with what has long been a promise regarding the debt owed to those who serve to protect our freedom for us.

Webb introduced the New GI Bill on his first day in office 18 months ago.

The legislation passed the Senate by a 92-6 vote and the House of Representatives by a 416-12 vote.

President Bush signed the bill into law today.

“We have delivered this new, robust GI Bill with a great deal of collaboration and cooperation among members of the Senate, members of the House, and with the guidance and support of all of our nation’s leading veterans’ groups,” Webb said.

“It also gives me confidence and renewed hope that the Congress can begin working more effectively across party lines to do the work of the people,” Webb said.

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