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Blumenthal Wants to Remove GI Bill Time Limits

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Senator Richard Blumenthal (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Senator Richard Blumenthal (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is proposing new federal legislation that would repeal what he calls unfair and arbitrary time limits under the GI Bill.

For veterans to be eligible for training and education benefits in the program, service members must pay $1,200 before leaving the military and must use their benefits within 10 years of separating from the service. Blumenthal said more than 2 million veterans have been denied the benefits despite paying the $1,200 because they missed the 10-year time limit.

The Democratic senator has scheduled a news conference on Tuesday at Capital Community College in Hartford to unveil his bill. It would repeal the time limit and restore a Vietnam-era program that helped education institutions provide outreach and support to students who are veterans.

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