Federal Daily News
VA gets rights to GI Bill website
Department of Veterans Affairs officials said that the attorneys general of several states who won the rights to the GIBill.com website as part of a lawsuit settlement will turn those rights over to the VA.
The attorneys general had sued QuinStreet Inc., the original owner of the GIBill.com domain, charging it with deceptive practices because it directed vets and service members who used its website only to for-profit schools that were clients of the firm, according to a VA press release.
GI Bill education benefits allow service members, veterans and eligible family members and survivors to pursue college degrees, technical certifications or vocational training at public, private non-profit and private for-profit schools.
VA currently is seeking to trademark the term “GI Bill” as part of measures VA and the Defense Department are pursuing to stop deceptive promotions that target GI Bill educational benefits.
Calling the action a victory for veterans, Deputy Secretary for Veterans Affairs W. Scott Gould, said the agency wants vets to be informed consumers, and “schools to meet their obligations in training this nation’s next ‘Greatest Generation.’”
VA has awarded benefits worth nearly $20 billion to more than 759,000 people through the Post-9/11 GI Bill since it was authorized by Congress in 2008.