ATA backs accelerated payments for vets

American Trucking Associations Chairman Ray Kuntz testified recently before the United States House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity in support of expanded educational benefits for veterans.

Kuntz reiterated ATA's support for the goal of legislation (HR 1824) that would expand the Montgomery GI bill's accelerated benefit payments to truck driver training schools. Kuntz recommended that:

  • The Department of Veterans Affair's current list of educational programs eligible for these benefits be replaced or revised to reflect career training opportunities in high-growth industries rather than solely in high-technology industries.

  • Payment of accelerated benefits be limited to educational opportunities lasting one year or less; to better align the program with its original intent of providing affordable financing for high-cost, short-term educational training.

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