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Press Release

April 27, 2012

No. 12-09

Mokie Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146

President Issues Executive Order to Protect Student Veterans

(Washington, D.C.) "Vietnam Veterans of America is proud to have played an integral role in convincing The White House to issue an Executive Order today, aiming to protect veterans from being targeted for recruitment by for-profit colleges," said John Rowan, VVA National President. "The President's action will add new protections for veterans and military families swindled or misled by schools seeking their federal education benefits, and it will reduce fraudulent or deceptive marketing to the military and veterans, giving student veterans a better gauge of what schools and technical programs really cost. The order will limit institutions and their recruiters with a history of poor behavior from military bases, and it will require that current and former troops be given more information before signing up for programs, as well as require schools to provide financial-aid options," added Rowan.

Rowan also noted that the order will direct the VA "to notify the roughly 6,000 schools that participate in the GI Bill program that they are expected to provide students with a federal form called 'Know Before You Owe,' which describes federal financial aid and other information and also directs the VA to register the term 'GI Bill,' a step urged by some lawmakers and veterans' advocates, who complain that some businesses use words in their Web addresses to imply that they are government-sanctioned." In addition, the VA and the Defense Department will be ordered to work with other federal agencies to create a centralized system through which service members and veterans can file complaints."

First Lady Michelle Obama will accompany the President on his visit to Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he will make the announcement. The First Lady is expected to talk about "Joining Forces," a program which helps veterans gain employment.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”


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