23 Aug '13, 1pm

#SecDefHagel tells #Marines in Hawaii he'll fight to keep Post-9/11 #GIBill and family transfer rights

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged Thursday to protect the ability to transfer GI Bill benefits to family members from budget cuts. A former U.S. senator, Hagel was one of a group of combat veterans who in 2007 and 2008 pushed the Post-9/11 GI Bill through Congress. This program allows sharing GI Bill benefits with a spouse and children after a minimum of six years of service in return for a new four-year service obligation. In a town hall meeting at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Hagel was asked about the future of the transfer rights and about whether the requirement for a new four-year commitment could be relaxed. “I know something about that bill, since I helped write it,” Hagel said. “We will continue to do everything we can to protect every element and fund every part of that bill,” he said. Hagel noted that he and his brother, Tom, both used the Vietnam-e...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20130823/EDU02/30823...

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