The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America has full-page ads in today’s Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer calling on U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks to support HR 5740, which would expand GI Bill education benefits for veterans.
An IAVA press release says:
"The original GI Bill made education affordable for 8 million World War II veterans, but today’s troops receive just a fraction of that benefit. Sending our veterans to college expresses the nation’s gratitude for their service and makes economic sense," said Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. "Congressman Dicks’ support is critical to getting a new GI Bill passed in Congress this year. We hope he’ll stand with us to honor America’s newest generation of heroes. The countless veterans in his district deserve a bright future."
Not sure why IAVA is zeroing in on Dicks. (I’m waiting to hear back from the group’s press people.) The Belfair Democrat supports the bill as well as others to improve benefits for the new veterans, a spokesman said Monday.
“We certainly would be delighted to cosponsor this bill,” said Dicks’ aide George Behan. “I don’t know why this is the substance of an advertisement. But I believe you will see Norm on it, as you will seem him on a lot of veterans benefits bills.”
UPDATE: Behan said Dicks is a co-sponsor of 5740, and that his name was added to the list of co-sponsors on Friday after IAVA asked his staff to consider it.