VA Legislation Just a Start, More to Accomplish for Vets

The President’s signature will be the final step in a long and hard-fought effort to pass legislation that improves Veterans access to quality health care and guarantees those using the Post-9/11 GI Bill in-state tuition rates at public universities across the nation.

Congress passed the Veterans’ Access bill July 31st. In addition to those benefits listed above, the legislation also extends extending Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the dependents of service members killed in action.

“These two issues have been on AFSA’s legislative agenda for several years and it’s a real milestone to be able to move these issues to the “victory” column,” according to Morgan Brown, AFSA’s director of Military and Government Relations. He also noted that the Veteran community owes a special thanks to the Chairman of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for brokering the agreement and shepherding the bill through their respective chambers. Chairman Miller will be a guest at AFSA’s upcoming International Convention and Professional Airmen’s Conference.

“While this is a victory, there is more work to be done,” according to AFSA CEO Rob Frank. “The legislation is a great start, but we view this as not a touchdown, but a significant movement of the ball downfield.” He explained that, like many of AFSA’s Coalition partners, AFSA remains concerned that Congress will turn away from the VA now that some legislation has been passed. “We plan to take deliberate steps to keep congressional members focused on Veterans’ issues,” he said. “Those who stepped forward to serve our country deserve the very best, beginning with a government that puts their care and well-being first, before all else.”

This bulletin was cross-posted from, the official website for the Air Force Sergeants Association Headquarters. It has been posted here for your convenience. Visit for more updates!

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