Below is the text of the a letter of support VCS sent to Senator Durbin’s Office. We appreciate his and congressional efforts to protect our veterans and service members education benefits from unscrupulous targeting for their education benefits. Please show your support for this effort and others that are underway,to ensure that when our veterans sign up for school they are getting value for money and not being taken advantage of for federal dollars.
March 5, 2012
The Honorable Richard J. Durbin
United States Senate
711 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Durbin:
Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) strongly endorses your urgently needed legislation, S. 2032, the Protecting Our Students and Taxpayers (POST) Act. We support the provisions in this bill that will remove much of the incentive that for-profit colleges have to target our veterans and service members. The Post Act should be passed immediately in order to protect our military and veterans. These benefits are to help our service members and veterans succeed when they come home; we owe it to them to ensure that success to the best of our abilities.
VCS is troubled by the well-documented and serious problems among a number of for-profit colleges. Many of these companies are targeting our troops and veterans to obtain GI Bill and DOD tuition assistance funds for their own gain, while often failing to deliver a quality education. VCS is very concerned about the aggressive, misleading and manipulative recruiting tactics used by these companies, as well as the lack of transparency regarding basic facts about the performance and the accreditation credentials of a number of these for-profit colleges.
Protecting our service members and veterans should be our highest priority. VCS supports the POST Act, and we hope the bill receives prompt hearings and a quick passage.
Patrick Bellon, MPA