PUBLIC LAW 107-103 – DEC. 27, 2001
Veterans Education and Benefits Expansion Act
Prime Sponsor: Mr. Christopher H. Smith (NJ)
H.R. 1291 – Signed by President Bush on December 27, 2001
According to CBO, the GI bill education increase in the law will result in $7.2 billion in additional spending over 10 years. The law also includes over $1 billion increase in housing, burial and disability benefits.
- Boosts the MGIB college education benefit amount by a record 46% over 3 years, increasing the total college benefit for qualified veterans from $24,192 to $35,460.
- The GI Bill is one of the most successful government programs ever implemented, helping to create the modern middle class and serving as the Armed Forces’ top recruiting tool.
- Restores lost MGIB benefits for reservists and National Guard members called up to active duty.
- Increases VA guaranteed home loans from a maximum mortgage of $203,000 to $240,000.
- Increases Specially Adapted Housing grants for severely disabled veterans from $43,000 to $48,000.
- Increases the Automobile and Adaptive Equipment grant for severely disabled veterans.
- Increases burial and funeral expense benefits by 25% and doubles burial plot allowances.
- Makes type II Diabetes a service-connected condition for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange.
- Adds undiagnosed conditions, such as fybromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic multi-symptom illnesses to list of service-connected conditions for Gulf War veterans.
CBO Fiscal Year Estimated Benefit Spending Expansion
- 2002: $189 million
- 2003: $432 million
- 2004: $604 million
- 2005: $675 million
- 2006: $741 million
- 2007: $806 million
- 2008: $876 million
- 2009: $919 million
- 2010: $963 million
- 2011: 1,006 million
Link to Full CBO Report
Text for the Veterans Education and Benefits Expansion Act (P.L. 107-103) [.pdf]