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Submission For The Record of Vice Admiral Norbert R. Ryan, Jr., USN (Ret.), Military Officers Association of America, President

Military Officers Association of America
Alexandria, VA
May 2,2011

The Honorable Jeff Miller
Chairman, House Committee on Veterans Affairs
Cannon House Office Bldg., Rm. 335
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington DC 20515

The Honorable Marlin Stutzman
Chair, Economic Opportunity Subcommittee
Cannon House Office Building
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Miller and Chairman Stutzman:

On behalf of the 375,000 members of The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), I am writing to express our strong support for your bill, H.R. 1383 that would temporarily "grandfather" higher rates for veterans currently enrolled in non-public colleges and universities under the Post­9/11 GI Bill.

MOAA strongly supported needed improvements to the Post-9/11 GI Bill and we were pleased with the final passage of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 signed into law as P.L. 111-377 on 4 January this year. The original version of that legislation included a grandfather provision to ensure that students who were already enrolled in private colleges could continue their educations under the rate structure in effect on 1 August 2009 as adjusted by annual COLAs. Unfortunately, the grandfather provision was removed from the bill as it proceeded through the legislative process.

MOAA believes the underlying intent of your legislation contemplates the potential inclusion of out-state-state public college students. For some of these currently enrolled veterans, the cost of enrollment exceeds the new academic year cap of $17,500 for non-public institutions.

We recognize the enormous budgetary challenges that face all of our elected representatives in this most difficult period of rising national debt. MOAA recommends a further temporary, internal adjustment to program enrollment or housing rates to accommodate currently enrolled out-of ­state students attending public colleges.

MOAA respectfully requests a copy of this letter be included in the official transcript of the hearing scheduled before the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Committee on Veterans Affairs on 3 May 2011.

Thank you for your leadership and commitment to the men and women who wear and have worn our nation's uniform.

Sincerely,

VADM Norbert R. Ryan, Jr. USN (Ret.)
President