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Webb's GI Bill Meets Obstacles

It all sounds good on paper, offering full tuition coverage for military veterans. But for Senator Jim Webb, the main supporter for the new GI Bill, what may sound great on paper isn't going over well with his peers. The senator is pushing the GI Bill through Congress, asking for veterans of today to have access to the same benefits as those from World War II.

Behind Webb stand 51 senators also in support of the bill, from both the democratic and republican parties. They “see the educational benefits in this bill as crucial to a service member's readjustment to civilian life,” Webb said. The bill offers full tuition coverage for military veterans enlisting on or after September 11, 2001, up to the highest public university tuition cost, including housing, books and other miscellaneous college expenses.

The current GI Bill only covers approximately 73% of tuition expenses at public schools. The bill provides even less coverage for private and graduate schools. Webb states that the new bill will raise the current spending rate of about $2.8 billion last year by $2 billion.

Some critics of the bill are concerned that although it will encourage new recruits to join the army, it may also reflect negatively on the retention rates within the military. The fear is if soldiers have an opportunity to attend school at no cost to them rather than stay in the military, there will be a major military exodus. is a portal of all things military.  We appreciate your service and patronage and continuously work to be your “go-to” site for employment and education information.  We work to connect members of military and veteran communities as well as their families with outstanding jobs.  We handle all occupational areas including healthcare, transportation, law enforcement, trades, security, high tech and much more.  You will find excellent jobs for military and veterans in both the civilian and government sectors on our site. is proud to present a multitude of resources for those seeking employment opportunities including a variety of articles and job tips aimed to help you find work.  We also have many valuable resources including our Virtual Job Fair, Directory of Employers and the Military Connection Job Board with thousands of nationwide jobs. recognizes the wonderful contributions of Transition Officers and Veteran Service Officers.  We value their hard work and are proud to work with and for them.  When the next tour is back home, it's on