S.798 - Yellow Ribbon Improvement Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 03/30/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 06/15/2017 Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Hearings held. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.798 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (03/30/2017)
Yellow Ribbon Improvement Act of 2017
This bill revises the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program (public-private contributions for educational assistance in addition to post-9/11 educational assistance) to make such program available to: (1) the spouse or child of a service member who, on or after after September 11, 2001, dies in the line of duty while serving on active duty (Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry scholarship recipients); and (2) a service member or veteran who serves at least 36 months on active duty beginning on or after such date.
The bill provides educational assistance to individuals pursuing a degree while on active duty on more than, or less than, a half-time basis.
The program permits colleges and universities to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to cover a portion of certain higher education expenses, which shall be matched by the VA.