Senators Urge VA to Trademark ‘GI Bill’

More than a dozen senators are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to trademark the phrase "GI Bill," claiming that for-profit schools are abusing the term in a "deceptive" effort to lure service members and their healthy government benefits.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who has been on a tear against for-profits colleges, sent a letter along with 13 other Democratic senators calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to "exert control" over how the term GI Bill is used, just as the government does with programs like Social Security and Medicare.

The senators expressed "deep concern" about how these schools were recruiting veterans, accusing them of overpromising benefits and charging "exorbitant fees." Harkin's office said some recruiters were using the phrase GI Bill on their websites to "wrongly imply" that the benefits can only be used at those institutions.


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