Statement by SVA President/CEO, Robinson, on Reintroduction of Bill to Help Student Veterans

Bipartisan Plan Will Give Students on GI Bill in STEM Fields More Flexibility
Washington, D.C. – President/CEO of Student Veterans of America (SVA), D. Wayne Robinson, today released the following statement after Reps. David B. McKinley (R-WV) and Dina Titus (D-NV) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help veterans get the education they need to thrive in the modern workforce:

“We are incredibly grateful to Reps. McKinley and Titus for continuing to highlight the importance of helping veterans pursue higher education and gain the skills and training they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.

We, increasingly, hear from employers who are unable to find qualified Americans with the skills and education needed to fill high-growth, high-demand STEM jobs and veterans are particularly well positioned to help fill this gap.

Our Million Records Project indicates about one-third of student veterans who attended school from 2002 to 2010 gravitated toward degrees in high-growth fields that include STEM jobs.

These firsthand accounts from employers and student veterans are an excellent barometer of the STEM workforce realities that we face today.

The STEM workforce has a huge impact on our nation’s competitiveness and economic vitality. Student veterans have an unparalleled understanding of what it means to serve their country and by pursuing STEM degrees, they will have the potential to have a positive impact for generations to come.

As professionals responsible for supporting our nation’s student veterans and for demonstrating their value, SVA will continue to cultivate the next generation of innovators, builders, and scientists by supporting initiatives and policies that help veterans complete training in these fields.

One of the smartest things we can do to keep our nation competitive is to ensure that our science, technology, engineering and math workforce taps into America’s talent pool of military veterans.

If signed into law this will be a major achievement for our economy and for the American people.
SVA will continue to work with the community, policy-makers and employers to help them understand the paths and outcomes of student veterans to ensure that we are supporting programs that will help student veterans succeed and in turn make America stronger.”

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H.R. 748, the GI Bill STEM Extension Act, will give students utilizing GI Bill benefits more flexibility to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, math and health fields.

To view the joint release issued by Representatives McKinley and Titus please visit this link.