The good news is there is a new G.I. Bill of Rights for veterans attending college, the bad news is there is a new G.I. Bill of Rights for veterans attending college that can not get the money delivered on time. Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, (IAVA) wryly comments, “after spending years fighting for a new GI Bill, IAVA is frustrated to hear that veterans are being forced to wait for GI Bill check that are being cut late.” The VA blames the fact the bill did not become law until August and the two step process of validating the veteran status of the individual and then dealing with college tuition payments is taking more time than expected.
Oh well, a nation makes certain soldiers get to the battlefield on time, it’s only when they leave the service that delays and bureaucracy get in the way of delivering the money. As WWII soldiers used to say, “Kilroy was here, ” only Kilroy did not bring the money.