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Submission For The Record of Jim Pace, Vietnam Veterans of America, President, Washington State Council

Washington State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America
Blaine, WA.
January 14, 2008

The Honorable Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin
The Honorable John Boozman
United State House of Representatives
House Committee on Veterans Affairs
Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
335 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Madame Chairman and Mr. Representative

I wish to respectfully submit the following for the record:

The Washington State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America fully endorses and supports passage of HR 2247 Montgomery GI Bill for Life Act.

Since the end of WWII the GI Bill has played an important part in educating our nation’s veterans. Studies have shown that those receiving a college degree have gone on in life and made more money and paid more taxes then those without degrees. As returning Vietnam Veterans many of us took advantage of the GI Bill.  A number of us found it difficult to live on just over $300 a month and we still had to pay tuition out of that amount. Over the years veterans had to make a decision either to put food on their table to feed their families or attend college. Those veterans with families had no choice but to go to work and leave behind their education opportunities hoping some day they will be able to return to school.

Vietnam Veterans throughout this great nation ask that you remove the 10-year Time limitation restriction to allow all veterans seeking to fulfill their dreams to do so.

Sincerely,

Jim Pace
President