“VA is paying out these benefits expecting that DOD is going to hold the service member to the extent of the contract,” said Aniela Szymanski, senior director for legal affairs and military policy at Veterans Education Success, an advocacy group. “It isn’t until later when VA is going through their records and [they] realize this person wasn’t eligible at all.”

Read the full story by Stars & Stripes, “Dozens of military families have had to repay VA for GI Bill benefits” published September 30, 2020.