Washington D.C. — A proposal to help veterans impacted by the closure of ITT Tech made by Indiana 6th District congressman Luke Messer is one step closer to law. The proposal allows veteran-students to recover their GI Bill educational benefits if the institution closes in mid-semester. The closure of ITT Tech is estimated to have impacted at least 7,000 veterans.
“When ITT Tech closed its doors, thousands of veterans were left high and dry… with no degree or path forward,” Messer said. “Our service men and women count on these benefits to help them start a career and build a life after serving our country. The least we can do is insure they get that chance.”
In addition to Messer’s GI Bill school closure proposal, the bill removes the 15-year time restriction to receive GI Bill benefits and increases funding for Reservists and Guardsmen, dependents, surviving spouses and surviving dependents.
The school closure provision included in today’s bill would apply to all veterans impacted by school closures dating back to Jan. 1, 2015.