Obama Promotes GI Bill Safeguards For Vets

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resident Obama, eager to show administrative action in an election year, is promoting measures to safeguard veterans and members of the military against unscrupulous college recruiters.

In his Internet and radio address Saturday, Obama reiterated measures he announced the day before at Fort Stewart, Ga., to protect current and former service members as they seek educational opportunities under the GI Bill.

“The sad truth is that there are people out there who are less interested in helping our men and women in uniform get ahead and more interested in making a buck,’’ he said. “Even though the vast majority of schools do the right thing, we need to guard against the bad actors who don’t.’’

The White House action, which does not need congressional approval, aims mainly at for-profit colleges that market heavily to military families because of the easy availability of federal money under the GI Bill. Some postsecondary schools try to attract military service members using deceptive military-themed websites that appear to be government-run or connected to the GI Bill benefit system, administration officials said.

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