Reps. Susie Lee and Denver Riggleman Launch the Bipartisan Veterans Education Caucus

July 16, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Reps. Susie Lee (NV-03) and Denver Riggleman (VA-05) launched the bipartisan Veterans Education Caucus with a panel hearing of student veterans from Virginia and Las Vegas, as well as the Student Veterans of America, to highlight the experiences of student veterans and open a dialogue about the challenges they face. Leo Shane III, reporter at the Military Times, moderated the panel.

You can watch the inaugural Veterans Education Caucus Panel Event HERE   

“The Veterans Education Caucus brings together two of my highest priorities in Congress, improving our education system and honoring and supporting our veterans, said Rep. Susie Lee. “This bipartisan caucus is about working together for our student vets because Congressman Riggleman and I both agree that there should be nothing partisan about improving the lives of our veterans. Our student veterans have the work ethic, drive, and desire to get the best education possible. We just need to make sure they are getting every opportunity to succeed. That is exactly what the Veterans Education Caucus is about.”

“I am so proud to be a co-founder of the Veterans Education Caucus and excited for its launch this afternoon,” said Rep. Riggleman.  “As an Air Force Veteran myself, I know the sacrifices made by are men and women in the Armed Forces and know the quality of their character.  This caucus will help veterans transition from active duty into new careers by promoting existing policies to improve student veteran programs and finding innovative ways to support economic opportunity through education in a bipartisan way.”

“Student Veterans of America appreciates the leadership of Representatives Lee and Riggleman as they launch the Veterans Education Caucus. Throughout the 75-year history of the GI Bill, student veterans have proven they are worth the investment America makes in them. This caucus will enable thoughtful conversations, increased attention, and action to further empower student veterans.” – Jared Lyon, National President and CEO, Student Veterans of America 

 

The Veterans Education Caucus was formed to highlight the experiences of America’s student veterans, and create a space for members to collaborate in a bipartisan fashion on  policies and solutions to improve the lives of student veterans and enhance their educational and economic opportunities. 

 

The long-term objectives of the Caucus is to promote veterans’ educational and economic opportunity including but not limited to:  

 

  • Enhancing and increasing access to alternative educational opportunities, including career and technical education, trade certifications, apprenticeships, and other high-quality workforce development programs 

  • Protecting and expanding GI Bill benefits through technical corrections of the Higher Education Act 

  • Hosting briefings and roundtable discussions with subject matter experts, disseminating information, and providing resources to Members to learn about the education-related challenges facing America’s veterans.

 

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