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Bill Would Extend GI Benefits

Dec 2, 2013
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An Illinois congressman wants children of soldiers to avoid a case of educationus interruptus. Sgt. First Class Angela Dees of Joliet, now stationed in Virginia, says the Defense Department reversed itself on her son’s tuition and demanded a refund. “The only thing the VA website or any of the other literature concerning the Post-9-11 GI Bill stated was that it could be transferred to spouses and dependent children that had to be in (a military dependents’ reporting system),” Dees said on a conference call arranged for reporters by the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville).“My knee-jerk reaction was to get my son home now.”

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She adopted the young man – indeed a dependent and indeed in that reporting system – after divorcing his father. She is one person whom a new bill – introduced by Foster -- extending GI benefits to wards and foster children would help.