Delays in Forever GI Bill implementation could affect veterans’ checks
WASHINGTON — Student veterans starting the 2018-2019 school year could receive incorrect housing payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs because the agency missed a deadline to fully implement changes to how the checks are calculated, lawmakers and veteran advocates said Wednesday.
Last year, Congress approved the Forever GI Bill, a major expansion of veterans’ education benefits, and gave the VA until Aug. 1 to establish its 34 new provisions. One of the changes is to calculate veterans’ housing allowances based on the ZIP code of the campus where they attend classes.
The VA failed to meet the Aug. 1 deadline because of problems with the technology required to complete the new calculations. VA officials told lawmakers that they would update the technology by mid-August. As of Wednesday, the new system still wasn’t in place.
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