Today, Senators Carper, Tester, Lankford, and Cassidy introduced a bill to modify the 90/10 rule that will ultimately restrict choice for veterans at quality private career, technical and trade schools.
Michael Dakduk, Marine Corps Veteran and Co-Chair of Veterans for Career Education, said the following on the bill:
Over 100 Veterans Sign Letter Opposing the Restriction of Veterans' Choice in College Affordability Act
Over 100 veterans, servicemembers and military family members that are current students or graduates of a private career, technical or trade school signed a letter against the 90/10 rule change in the College Affordability Act.
Michael Dakduk, Marine Corps veteran and co-chair of VCE, announced that Steve Gonzalez and Carl Walker will join the staff of VCE. Steve Gonzalez formerly worked for the U.S. House Budget Committee as a professional staff member. Prior to that, he worked on education issues for the American Legion. Steve is a Marine Corps veteran with multiple combat and overseas deployments. Steve will service as executive director of VCE.
Carl Walker graduated with both is undergraduate and graduate degrees from Full Sail University, a career-oriented university located in Orlando, FL. He also served eight years in the U.S. Air Force as a Tactical Aircraft Maintainer where had multiple deployments overseas including Afghanistan and Africa. “I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for my earned education benefits, like the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and the freedom to choose the school that I’ve always wanted to attend,”said Carl Walker. Carl will serve as director of VCE.
Tim McMahon, U.S. Air Force veteran and co-founder of Veterans for Career Education (VCE) testified today before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. In written testimony, Tim said: I am excited to be among the nearly 100 veterans that flew from across the country to Washington D.C., just before Memorial Day, and helped to found Veterans for Career Education (VCE). We founded VCE to support the right of veterans to use their earned education benefits, like the GI Bill, to gain career skills at the college or institution of their choice. We fundamentally believe that education policy should not dictate where veterans use their earned education benefits.
Tim's full written testimony may be found here.
Details on the hearing may be found here.
June 22nd marked the 75th anniversary of the GI Bill (Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944), signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 22, 1944.
Veterans for Career Education (VCE) celebrates this occasion by reaffirming our commitment to fighting for a veteran's freedom to choose where they learn under the GI Bill. Veterans have the right to use their earned veteran education benefits at the school of their choice.
Veterans for Career Education Responds to Rep. Shalala's Bill Limiting Education Choice for Veterans
Michael Dakduk, Co-Chair of Veterans for Career Education, responded to legislation released by Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) that would limit veterans access to higher education:
“We’ve seen proposals to manipulate the 90/10 rule and change it to an 85/15 ratio. Rep. Shalala now says take it down to 80/20. Two Democrat candidates for president are calling for cutting off career schools from serving veterans on the GI Bill altogether. It will never be enough for critics of taxpaying career schools.
Military veteran students, alumni, faculty and staff from Career Education Colleges and Universities member schools are in Washington, DC this week to speak with their elected representatives in Congress about the importance of protecting veterans’ access to career education.
Veteran students and graduates of career schools will visit members of Congress and discuss: