June 07, 2016
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford today introduced amendment #4479 to the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would support veterans’ eligibility under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 for education benefits when attaining postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) programs.
“Our veterans deserve access to a full range of accredited educational programs as they transition into civilian life,” Inhofe said. “It is our nation’s duty to set our veterans up for success as they gave many critical years serving our nation that an average citizen would spend building up a career. For the past six years, veterans could use their GI benefit to pursue these accredited CTE courses, but the Obama administration’s recent change in funding now blocks Oklahoma’s veterans from accessing more than 200 programs. Our amendment to the NDAA will ensure that our veterans receive the full range of career training opportunities that they were promised and have earned.”
“Educational assistance and career training is a benefit that the men and women in uniform earn,” Lankford said. “This NDAA amendment restores the ability of veterans to access accredited and practical career training offered throughout Oklahoma’s education system.”
On April 29, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) sent a letter to the acting under secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to request clarification as to why the Obama administration revoked veterans’ eligibility for CTE course education benefits that involve an online or distance learning component. At the time of this press release, they have not received a response.