James Brown, Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition, released the following statement on H.R. 3218, The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Assistance Act, or Forever GI Bill.
“This week, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs will take up the H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017. Included in this package are additional benefits for student veterans pursuing STEM degrees that require more than 128 semester credit hours for completion. The STEM Education Coalition is proud to support this proposal. We view this additional earned benefit as an important step towards enabling more of the diverse, experienced veteran population to pursue degrees in high-need, high-paying STEM fields including engineering, data and statistics, computer science, and STEM teaching. If properly supported to pursue STEM degrees, student veterans are poised to provide a flood of talent, skills, and leadership our nation urgently needs in the STEM fields. Our Coalition looks forward to working with the Committee and veterans stakeholders to ensure our nation’s veterans are empowered to meet their full potential.”