The purpose of this memorandum is to inform agencies of new educational benefits available to employees who are veterans and dependents of service members as a result of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Post 9/11 GI Bill). The Post 9/11 GI Bill was passed into law on June 30, 2008, and is the most comprehensive educational benefit package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944. The new bill went into effect on August 1, 2009. This information is provided to help agencies promote the program amongst its eligible employees to increase their career development opportunities and to better the Federal workforce.
Veterans and dependents of service members on active duty can avail themselves of educational opportunities and funding offered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop skills and knowledge benefiting them and the agencies in which they work. With these benefits, veterans and dependents of service members on active duty may enroll in programs offered at colleges and universities, private career schools and other institutions of learning–without any direct cost to the agency.