Event

WASHINGTON – Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Jim Webb (D-VA) will hold a press conference to unveil new data on which colleges are taking in the most Post-9/11 G.I. Bill education benefits on Thursday, September 22, 2011, at 9:45 a.m. The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is providing those who have served our nation since 9/11 the most comprehensive educational benefits since World War II. The Senators, who are all military veterans themselves, are seeking to ensure that those who use the benefits get a quality education.

They will be joined at the press conference by Jon Elliot, a former army staff sergeant who served for 16 years and enrolled at a for-profit college in 2010 after being falsely informed by a recruiter that the program was eligible for benefits. Mr. Elliot has been contacted by a collection agency on behalf of ATI Career Services for $9,000 in tuition and the school continues to advertise on their website the support they offer veterans and their families.

Later that day, at 1:30 p.m., Senator Carper will convene a hearing of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security to examine how to improve educational outcomes for our military service members and veterans. The Subcommittee will hear testimony from Senator Webb, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Military University, among others. More information about the hearing is available here.

WHO:

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)
U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA)
Jon Elliot, a Veteran from Texas who attended ATI Career Training

WHAT:
Press Conference

WHEN:
Thursday, September 22, 2011
9:45 a.m.

LOCATION:
SVC Room 202
U.S. Capitol

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