To Ensure that Veteran's Educational Benefits Produce Positive Results

Resolution Number 11-04.61

Whereas, educational benefits provided to veterans aid in adjusting to civilian life and increase their opportunity to obtain well-paid and rewarding employment and with the passage for the Post-9/11 GI Bill on June 30, 2008 Congress and the country committed to provide this generation of veterans the same opportunities as previous generations receiving GI Bill benefits, and

Whereas, Senator Tom Harkin's recent report raises serious questions about the share of the military educational benefit pool going to for-profit schools with manipulative and misleading marketing campaigns, educational programs far more expensive than comparable public or nonprofit programs and questionable outcomes, and

Whereas, between 2006 and 2010, combined VA and DoD education benefits received by 20 for-profit education companies is projected to have increased 683% with several schools having both high student withdrawal rates and low student loan repayment rates,

Therefore Be It Resolved, that the California Democratic Party urges the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to act now to ensure that service members and veterans be informed of the financial risks associated with for-profit education or trade centers and notified of alternative educational opportunities, and

Be it further resolved, that this resolution be forwarded to the California Congressional Delegation urging prompt passage of legislation to ensure that public funds are being spent to produce the intended results.

Authors: Roz Teller 43rd AD and Sheldon Kadish 42nd AD 


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2011 Executive Board Meeting
Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim
July 31, 2011





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