August 3rd, 2009
11:46 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama, veterans celebrate expansion of G.I. bill

FAIRFAX, Virginia (CNN) – President Barack Obama joined hundreds of young veterans marking the implementation of a new "G.I. Bill" on Monday, calling the expanded benefits package part of a "moral obligation to those who sacrificed greatly on our behalf."

The updated version of the famous World War II legislation significantly expand education benefits for men and women who served at least three years in the military after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

It provides as much as a full scholarship at in-state public universities for eligible veterans, service members, reservists, and National Guard members.

The first tuition checks authorized by the measure were mailed on August 1.

The new G.I. legislation, which was signed into law last year, was opposed by many Republicans worried it will deplete retention rates among those currently serving in the military at a time when recruitment efforts are struggling.

Obama, who backed the new benefits package as a senator, celebrated its implementation with a group of student veterans at George Mason University in northern Virginia.


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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    ..so who will resist this? According to the GOP, if you did something like this when Duh-bya was in office you were "against the troops."

    August 3, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. KLS

    I agree with President Obama, it is our "moral obligation to those who sacrificed greatly on our behalf."

    August 3, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Larry

    Nice job Mr. President. Our veterans have been ignored too long.

    August 3, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    That is really wonderful news. However the really big new that the state controlled media (CNN, MSNBC, NYT, Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS and AP) is hiding the fact that obamatron talkers yesterday announced they are planning on raising all of our taxes (dear leader said he wouldn't) confirming my diagnosis that he was lying from the moment he opened his mouth. Sure fooled all of you didn't he. Made you look like idiots.

    August 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Jefe

    Its good to see the Pro-Military party (the Democrats) are getting this done. The Republicans have proven repeatedly they are Pro-Weapons-Manufacturer, and Pro-Halliburton, but bristle at the idea of putting any money toward actual military personnel, whether it be in the form of health benefits, GI Bill expansion, or quality hospitals for wounded soldiers.

    The myth of the Republican party being pro-military is finally being brought to light as a farce. Only the most clueless of Americans still believe the lie.

    August 3, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. MikeFdez

    "The new G.I. legislation, which was signed into law last year, was opposed by many Republicans" – of course it was. Thank you, President Obama, for helping to honor the sacrifice of those who have fought for the U.S.A. What will the Republicans say regarding this "socialist" program?

    August 3, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Steph

    Please remember that this bill "was opposed by many Republicans worried it will deplete retention rates among those currently serving in the military at a time when recruitment efforts are struggling."

    Get it people...it doesn't matter if it is health care, the GI bill, or the economy. The Rethuglicans DO NOT care about you. They want these servicemen and women to be stuck in the military because they have no other options. People should stay in the military because they want to make this a career, not because they see no other way to make money to support their family.

    This amazing GI Bill will serve as a great recruitment tool, and the people who have served our country with honor and dignity deserve a chance at a college education!

    August 3, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Obama 2.0

    Obama shows he cares by doing not just saying!

    August 3, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. In Oregon

    Outstanding go Democrats, yeah!!

    August 3, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Onyx Powers

    A wise move Pres. Obama, however, like with everything else, we need to see the details

    August 3, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. reallly????

    cant anyone see this is a socialist program, omg the country is ruined, the debt and deficiat which we repugs caused during the last 8 years will suffocate our grandchildren becase of [President] Obama!!!

    sound like a familar "arugment point".......?

    August 3, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Dave in Albuquerque

    "Jefe" has it exactly right: the GOP has long claimed to be pro-military, but in fact it has long been pro-Military Industry, and the troops themselves mainly get flag-waving and sound bites. A subset of the mind set where the GOP claims to be pro business, but that really means they are pro business executives (pass some of that wealth to my PAC, buddy) and the guys and gals who do the work get ... flag waving and sound bites.

    August 3, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Mental midgit in Ole Miss

    It costs too much.wawawa

    August 3, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter

    "The new G.I. legislation, which was signed into law last year, was opposed by many Republicans worried it will deplete retention rates among those currently serving in the military at a time when recruitment efforts are struggling. "

    Because killing people is OK, getting an education isn't. The republican philosophy in a nutshell. Seriously, this is great news. Our troops deserve nothing but the best. Have a nice day!

    August 3, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Paying back our GI's

    YEAH! That's what I'm talkin' about!

    Our soldiers deserve free tuition, and so much more.
    Good job, Mr. President.

    August 3, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. DX in TX

    This is very good news...thank you Mr. President!

    August 3, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Fabian Goldberg

    Finally, Obama has done something that's good for this country although I still can't stand him. I am happy for our veterans fore they have been ignored too long.

    August 3, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Sam Sixpack

    Too bad GWB vetoed it. Where do these left wing-nuts come from?

    August 3, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Milo in Atlanta

    My guess is our troops will side with Obama on this one. The only way Republicans support our troops is by sending them off to war.

    August 3, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    Thank YOU Mr. President, thank you for all of us.

    August 3, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Say it ain't so. Republicans not suporting the troops. Shame on them! This is well deserved legislation for the men and women who protect our freedoms.

    August 3, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Casy

    So much heat is coming Obama's way and this is nothing but a stunt to distract from the heat but it won't work!

    The revolution has already begun!

    August 3, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. The black spider

    What would be the GOP criticism on this because according to them Obama never done anything right for them.

    August 3, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. Vets4Obama

    Imagine that, doing something for a veteran other then slaughtering them. Republicans would never get that, they only see the military as people to kill, not people to honor and appreciate.

    Republicans have done less for the military then any other group in american history. ITS A FACT. Look at the voting records of republicans, always denying better benefits to the veterans of this country.

    August 3, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    It was opposed by Republicans, the very creatures who think war is great, as long as they don't have to fight it. They'll send your kids into battle and then vote against medical care for 'em. Now that's American!!!!!

    August 3, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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