Senate OKs GI Bill improvements

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 8:40am EST

The Senate has approved a long-delayed package of updates to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Army Times reports this could mean that the bill, once thought dead, could become law by the end of this year. For now, it isn't on the House agenda, but that could change. Passing this bill has been high on veterans' groups priority list.

It adds vocational and technical education to the classes that are covered by the bill. It allows active-duty service members and their spouses to a $1,000 a year allowance, and provides a stipend for students who are enrolled in distance learning. It also expands benefits for Guard and Reserve members.

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