June 20, 2023
Secretary Miguel Cardona
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20202
RE: Docket ID ED-2023-OPE-0089
Dear Mr. Secretary,
The undersigned organizations representing servicemembers, veterans, military families, and survivors are pleased to submit comments in support of the Department of Education’s May 19, 2023, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register. We write to commend the Department for proposing regulations that will significantly improve educational outcomes for veterans and military-connected students when they go into effect.
The constituency we represent and the educational programs administered by the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) are significantly affected by the quality assurance and program integrity safeguards devised by the Department of Education. By improving higher education requirements in federal student aid, the Department is protecting not only its own programs, but also DOD and VA educational benefits on which student veterans and military-connected students rely.
We thank you and your staff for the diligence in the proposed regulations, and for looking out for students within our community.
American GI Forum
Black Veterans Project
Blue Star Families
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association and Enlisted Association
Commissioned Officers Association of the US Public Health Service
Exceptional Families of the Military
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.
Military Child Education Coalition
National Military Family Association
Service to School
Service Women’s Action Network
Swords to Plowshares
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Travis Manion Foundation
University of San Diego School of Law, Veterans Legal Clinic
Veterans Education Success
Veterans for Common Sense
Vietnam Veterans of America
Wounded Paw Project