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Will government shutdown impact GI Bill funding?


Former military members now going to college on the GI Bill are wondering how the government shutdown could eventually affect them.

The longer it drags on, the more it could hurt their education.

Chris Bradley is a senior computer science major at Western Illinois University.

After serving six years in the Air Force, he's attending college thanks to the GI bill.

Bradley says, "the GI Bill does allow me to get this education."

Bradley got his monthly payment on Monday, which will get him through October and help him pay his housing and car payments.

As for the other 700 students attending WIU on the GI Bill, they could be hurting if there's not a quick end to the shutdown.

Bradley says, "for myself, I should be okay, but I know a lot of students, especially the younger students, they haven't had time to build up that financial base for themselves yet. So they do live paycheck to paycheck so they depend on it."

Kathy Meyers helps students transition from military life into the university community at the Veterans Resource Center.

She says so far, the only impact from the shutdown is a delayed response in contacting the VA call center.

Otherwise, the students' money is coming through.

Meyers says, "as the shutdown continues, we'll probably see limitations, but right now we have no word there's going to be a cutback in benefits. We had our first wave of student payments this week. Students received their payments on time. In addition to that we have our next wave of payments next week, so we don't anticipate any delays in that respect either."

Bradley says there's nothing he can do about the government shutdown, so there's no sense worrying about how it could eventually affect him.

"It's always hard to be too pessimistic about things that are still possibly a month away."

Thursday the House passed a measure to pay veterans benefits, including monthly GI Bill checks, by late October if a government shutdown continues.

But the Senate is not likely to take a vote on the measure.

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