Lawmakers looking to expand GI Bill benefits

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LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - Republicans and Democrats are coming together to improve and extend the GI Bill benefits granted for veterans.

If the bill is passed, it would help hundreds of veterans go back to school.

The current GI Bill gives veterans 15 years to go back to school whenever they return from service, but the new bill would remove that time limit.

The Bipartisan Bill would also increase money for the men and women in the National Guard and reserve.

A Vietnam War veteran in Laredo says he is very happy to hear about the new possible changes.

If the bill passes, education benefits for veterans would be available next year, which would give veterans an opportunity to return to school.

The bill also says it would give additional money to veterans if they complete computer science, technology and engineering courses.

The new GI Bill is expected to cost more than 100 billion dollars over the next ten years.

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