March 25, 2020

Congressman Neguse Supports Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act, Assisting Student Veterans During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Washington D.C.— In a recent letter to House Leadership, Congressman Joe Neguse requested the inclusion of language to ensure that veterans receiving GI Bill benefits to attend higher education institutions do not have their housing stipends lowered in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Student veterans around the country are having their classes switch from in person instruction to online classes, per the social distancing guidance issued by the CDC. Under normal circumstances, the switch to solely online instruction would lower the amount student veterans receive for their monthly housing allowance. Rep. Neguse’s requested language ensures that student veterans currently attending class will maintain the same monthly housing allowance rate as schools shift from in-person to online instruction.

“During this trying time for our nation, it is our duty to protect those who protect us day-in-and-day-out,” said Congressman Neguse. “To allow our nation’s veterans to lose their student housing stipend over a change totally outside of their control, and which resulted directly from the COVID-19 outbreak, derides the sacrifices they have made for our country and belittles all the work Congress and our communities are doing each day to ensure our people are supported during this time. I am look forward to continuing to champion this clear-cut solution for our student veterans.”

This language is part of Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Mark Takano’s legislation the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act, of which Congressman Neguse is an original cosponsor and was included in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s draft third Coronavirus response legislation.