VES advocates for student veterans before VA

VA’s Obligation to Stop Colleges’ Deceptive Recruiting

VES has pushed VA for years to stop colleges’ deceptive recruiting. VES helped bring to VA’s attention a Vietnam-era statute, 38 USC 3696, that requires VA to cut off GI Bill funding to schools that engage in deceptive recruiting. We continue to prod VA to comply with the law.

Specific Schools

VES works with the VA to make sure bad-actor schools that rip off students are brought under proper oversight so that veterans get the best quality education and training for their hard-earned education benefits.

GI Bill Reinstatement for Students Whose School Closed

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 allows VA to restore entitlement to beneficiaries affected by school closure or disapproval (if the disapproval was due to a change in law or VA interpretation of statute).

VA Proposes to Waive Ethics Rule for VA Employees

When the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a rule to waive federal ethics rules to legalize bribery of VA employees, Veterans Education Success alerted and worked closely with ethics experts, and our military, veteran and education allies to organize opposition efforts to force VA to reverse its decision.

National GI Bill Delays

VES worked to ensure that GI Bill delays were addressed immediately, and has fought to make sure the VA makes back payments on all missed payments.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: VA’s Oversight of State Approving Agency Program Monitoring for Post-9/11 GI Bill Students

Prior VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports have identified significant financial risks in how the education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are administered. The OIG conducted this audit to determine if VA and State Approving Agencies (SAAs) effectively reviewed and monitored education programs in accordance with the provisions [...]

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Economic Communities Initiative Pilot: 2016 Report & Highlights

In January 2015, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report to provide data on indicators of the possible success of ongoing initiatives and barriers to economic competitiveness for Veterans. In addition to providing demographic information about the Veteran population, the report included data [...]

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Experts urge the US Department of Veterans Affairs to properly implement an anti-corruption ethics law for VA employees taking gifts from for-profit colleges

We thank you for the briefing Mr. Britt provided last month to veterans service organizations on the revised plan of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to grant waivers under 38 U.S.C. § 3683. The undersigned federal ethics experts, veterans and military service organizations, employee representatives, and consumer protection [...]

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Press Release: VES Responds to VA’s Decision to Suspend California’s Role as a State Approving Agency for GI Bill

September 6, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT:  CARRIE WOFFORD, PRESIDENT (202) 422-6338 VETERANS EDUCATION SUCCESS RESPONDS TO VA’S DECISION TO SUSPEND CALIFORNIA’S ROLE AS A STATE APPROVING AGENCY FOR GI BILL Washington, DC -- Today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Veterans of Affairs that it is suspending the California [...]

VA Proposes to Waive Ethics Rule for VA Employees

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) intends to waive the application of applicable Federal regulations (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION) for all VA employees who receive any wages, salary, dividends, profits, gratuities, or services from, or own any interest in, a for-profit educational institution in which an eligible person or veteran is [...]

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Veterans Education Success was proud to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs to make this video, “Know Before You Go,” to educate service-members, veterans and military-connected students about their hard-earned education benefits.


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