North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis released on his website that he co-sponsored a bill on March 11 which will protect student veterans from losing their GI benefits amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
President Donald Trump then signed the bill into law on March 21 allowing student veterans across the United States to continue receiving full GI benefits during the transition to university approved online courses.
A conference released on Tillis’ website stated that the original GI Bill allowed East Carolina University students to receive benefits while attending a physical university or pursuing alternative online programs.
“I’m taking action to protect the GI Bill benefits for students who bravely serve our nation,” Tillis said at the conference.
In a statement on behalf of Senator Tillis, Press Secretary Adam Webb shared the importance of this co-sponsored bill. He said in the statement that one of Till's priorities include providing proper health care and benefits to veterans.
“One of Senator Tillis’ top priorities is ensuring veterans get the health care and benefits they need and deserve, including strengthening GI Bill benefits. When schools in the UNC System like ECU rightfully started moving to classes online due to the coronavirus pandemic, Senator Tillis was made aware of an intended consequence of student veterans potentially facing reduced GI Bill benefits...Congress quickly passed the legislation and sent it to President Trump to be signed into law,” Webb said.
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