RAO Davao City

United States Military Retiree Activities Office Davao City, Philippines

REAP UPDATE – May 1 2008

Posted by Service Officer on April 30th, 2008

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators—including Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Gordon Smith (R-OR), John Kerry (D-MA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Ken Salazar (D-CO), and Evan Bayh (D-IN.)— unveiled their plan 16 APR to provide the men and women of our National Guard and Reserves with benefits that better reflect their increased service to our country. The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Enhancement Act of 2008 (S.2871) would make three much-needed improvements to the structure and value of the Montgomery G.I. Bill education benefits for our citizen soldiers by:

• Providing accruable benefits for those who have served multiple deployments;

• Replacing the current three-tiered formula for REAP benefits with one that more accurately reflects service rendered; and

• Shifting jurisdiction of REAP benefits from the Department of Defense to the Veterans Administration (i.e. from Title 10 to Title 38).

The REAP Enhancement Act builds on the progress of Sen. Lincoln’s Total Force Educational Assistance Enhancement and Integration Act of 2007 (S.644). A significant provision of that bill—allowing citizen soldiers who have served combat tours to access their educational benefits for up to ten years following their service, just as active duty soldiers have been able to do—was signed into law as part of the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. The REAP Enhancement Act is endorsed by the Military Officers Association of America and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States. [Source: Sen. Sherrod Brown Press Release 16 Apr 08 ++]

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