ASSEMBLY APPROVES MCHOSE-MUÑOZ VETERANS EDUCATION BENEFITS RESOLUTION

A resolution sponsored by Assemblywomen Alison Littell McHose and Nancy F. Muñoz, urging the President and Congress to enact legislation that would allow all Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans to transfer their education benefits to dependents, was approved today by the General Assembly.

Under the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2007,” only members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistanon or after August 1, 2009, are eligible to transfer their education benefits to their spouses or children. As a result, war veterans who served following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but ended their service prior to August 1, 2009, are unable to transfer their education benefits to their dependents.

“There’s no justification for excluding the families of veterans who served between 2001 and 2009 from being able to utilize these education benefits,” said McHose, R-Sussex,Warrenand Morris. “They made the same sacrifices as the veterans serving after them. Preventing their dependents from sharing in this benefit when they were the first ones to answer the call following the terrorist attacks on our country on September 11, 2001, is wrong. This is an oversight that needs to be corrected.”

“All our war veterans sacrificed the same regardless of when they served,” stated Muñoz, R-Union, Morris andSomerset. “To deny their spouses and children from sharing in this benefit would be a gross injustice. We owe an incredible debt to all the men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistanwars following the terrorist attacks on our nation in 2001. There’s no excuse for the President and Congress not to amend the current legislation so that it is equitable for all.”

The McHose-Muñoz resolution, ACR-124, respectfully urges the President and Congress to enact legislation that permits all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including those who fought between 2001 and 2009, to transfer their education benefits to their dependents. This resolution came about after a war veteran reached out to McHose asking for assistance to get this federal law changed