Bush Signs Bill That Expands Education Benefits for Veterans

June 30, 2008

Washington — President Bush signed a war-spending bill today that will significantly expand education benefits for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The legislation will provide veterans who have served in those wars for at least three years with enough aid to attend the most expensive public institution in their state, plus a monthly stipend for housing costs. For veterans attending more-costly private colleges, the law will match, dollar for dollar, any aid that the institutions provide above the cost of the most expensive public college in the state.

The law, which allocates about $162-billion to finance the wars, also will provide $400-million in new money for scientific research this year and reverse all layoffs at federal energy laboratories, ensuring continued access by academic scientists for their studies. —Sara Hebel