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Delaware Veterans Laud "Forever GI" Bill

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Veterans groups in Delaware are applauding a new law passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump that lifts a 15-year window for outgoing service members to take advantage on educational benefits offered by the GI Bill.

The Forever GI Bill, signed by President Donald Trump this week, lifts the 15-year limit for recent and new veterans receiving educational benefits like free public college or university tuition. The cut-off date for veterans who are eligible is the discharge date of Jan. 1, 2013.

"To have that benefit extended, they won't have to worry about it coming out of pocket for a benefit that's probably one of the reasons they joined and served for," said Kim Petters with the Women Veterans Coalition.

Dave Skocik with the Delaware Veterans Coalition said he was pleased about the decision and recalled using the GI Bill to fund his studies.

"I waited about 8 years because of a career change to start using mine and I was so thankful that I had it because I was able to earn a couple of degrees before my time ran out," he said.

Rebecca Craft, who helps manage Delaware Technical Community College's veterans resource center, said she is happy with the decision because it will allow veterans to explore post-service career options, no matter what their life circumstances are.

"Having the flexibility to know that they don't have to get it done in that 15-year window is going to be very beneficial for them to explore what they want to do and make the time right when they come to school because that's how they're successful."

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