Labrador introduces bill to change veterans’ education benefits

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UNITED STATES - MAY 09: Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, speaks at a forum in Rayburn called a Conversations with Conservatives to discuss issues including appropriations and the upcoming reconciliation package. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By Morgan Boydston

Rep. Raul Labrador, R- Idaho, is pushing legislation that would turn a deep, tragic loss into something positive for military families across the country.

On Thursday, the Congressman introduced the Shauna Hill Post 9/11 Education Benefits Transferability Act (H.R. 1112) to fix what he says is an oversight in current law regarding benefits under the GI Bill. Its intention is to right a wrong: to fill gaps in veterans’ education benefits.

This legislation is named for Shauna Hill, a 16-year-old Eagle High School student who was killed in a car crash in December 2012.

“She was a pretty extraordinary little girl,” Shauna’s mother, Heidi Hill, said. “She was a gift.”

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