In This Issue:

NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE SERVICE
1. New GI Bill gets Navy IT Help
2. Hand Salute now Law
3. Get Out and Vote

NATIONAL SECURITY & FOREIGN AFFAIRS
1. WWII MIA Identified
2. Reserve Component Mobilization

NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE SERVICE

1. New GI Bill gets Navy IT Help: The VA has asked the Department of Navy to help in the development of an updated system to process educational benefits under the new “Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act (PL 110-252). According to VA Secretary James Peake, the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command will build a system to process educational benefits for veterans, as outlined in the new law.

Benefits under the new system go into effect Aug. 1, 2009. VBA currently processes educational claims for 500,000 veterans. VFW believes that VA may have to temporarily double the number of claims processors to manage the manual workload, in addition to overseeing the benefits for veterans attending school under older versions of the GI bill until the new electronic system is in place. In a recent GI Bill implementation oversight hearing, the VFW insisted that GI Bill benefits be managed and delivered in a proper, accurate and timely manner.

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