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White House Seeks to Promote Veterans’ Use of Federal Education Benefits Through New Measures

WhiteHouseThe White House has unveiled new measures that seek to help veterans, uniformed personnel and their families leverage the use of federal education benefits through a presidential memorandum.

The memorandum calls for the Education Department to work with the departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security to develop, launch and evaluate a pilot program that seeks to provide counseling support as well as inform soldiers on educational and training programs, the White House said Friday.

Federal agencies will also work to advance data sharing efforts in order to increase transparency and facilitate access to career outcomes, student default rates and education attainment of veterans and servicemembers.

Other measures include the use of online tools, promotion of military apprenticeship programs, amendment of the Post-9/11 GI bill, and development of standards to safeguard veterans from fraudulent marketing of educational benefits.

The White House document also includes the creation of an interagency working group composed of representatives from DoD, VA and other federal agencies that will work to coordinate the development and enforcement of policies on education benefits programs.

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