Jul 26, 2017 Issues: Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) continued his strong support for veterans and military families of Eastern North Carolina by voting for legislation to greatly expand GI bill benefits.   The GI bill was first created after World War II to help veterans with educational programs, vocational training, and housing assistance following their service.  Enactment of this week’s legislation – H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act – would be the biggest GI bill expansion in a decade.  H.R. 3218 would allow veterans to use their education benefits throughout their lifetime, not just during the 15 years following their service, as is currently the case.  H.R. 3218 would also give full GI bill eligibility to all post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients, regardless of how long they served.  Currently, post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients need to put in three years of service to receive full benefits. 

“It is an honor to be part of an effort to improve the benefit package for those who put their lives on the line for us,” said Congressman Jones. “They certainly deserve it.”

Now that H.R. 3218 has passed the House of Representatives, the bill will head to the Senate for further consideration.

Serving America’s veterans is one of Congressman Jones’ highest priorities.  Over the past 12 years, Congressman Jones has cosponsored more bills to help veterans than any other member of Congress.

For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415 or