Hope for education, vet housing
Hello Military Community,
This week I would like to highlight two resources that have come to my attention that can/will be beneficial to military families.
First is the new bill introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley that would amend the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include spousal eligibility for the Fry Scholarship. Under this legislation, spouses of these service members could receive the full cost of public, in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly living stipend and book allowance.
CURRENTLY the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship provides full undergraduate education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill to the children of a member of the armed forces who died in the line of duty. This benefit, however, is NOT available to the spouses of service members who are killed in action, or who die while on active duty.
Second, the VA is offering additional funds to subsidize permanent and supportive housing to vets in need – approximately 9,000 homeless veterans living on the streets and in the nations shelter system will soon find a permanent place to call home. On May 29, it was announced that over $60 million will be provided from HUD to local public housing agencies across the country to offer permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans, many of whom are living with chronic disabling conditions.
The grants assigned to assist are part of $75 million appropriated this year to support the housing needs of homeless veterans. Local public housing authorities will provide rental assistance to homeless veterans while VA Medical Centers (VAMC) will offer supportive services and case management.
If you are or know of homeless veterans that could use this service contact the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program at www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp.
If you know of a resource that could assist military families in your community, please write in and let me know about it.
Blessings from my family to yours,
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at Kim@MilitaryResourceBooks.com and visit my website at MilitaryResourceBooks.com for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.