Delays in Forever GI Bill implementation could affect veterans’ checks

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The VA's Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology James Gfrerer, left and Assistant Secretary for Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Tamara Bonzanto listen to comments by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., during a Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES)
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The VA's Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology James Gfrerer, left and Assistant Secretary for Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Tamara Bonzanto listen to comments by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., during a Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Delays in Forever GI Bill implementation could affect veterans’ checks

by: Nikki Wentling | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 06, 2018

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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