Wilkie promises student veterans GI Bill payment delays are high priority for VA

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Attendees at the Student Veterans of America National Convention in Orlando, Fla., watch as Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie addresses them by a remote feed. Wilkie was to have attended in person, but canceled earlier in the week due to the partial government shutdown, the VA said. (NIKKI WENTLING/STARS AND STRIPES)
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Attendees at the Student Veterans of America National Convention in Orlando, Fla., watch as Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie addresses them by a remote feed. Wilkie was to have attended in person, but canceled earlier in the week due to the partial government shutdown, the VA said. (NIKKI WENTLING/STARS AND STRIPES)

Wilkie promises student veterans GI Bill payment delays are high priority for VA

by: Nikki Wentling | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: January 05, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. – Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie addressed a group of some 2,000 student veterans Friday to discuss a year filled with VA errors causing incorrect and delayed living stipends for thousands of GI Bill recipients that pushed some of them into financial hardship.

The veterans were gathered in Orlando, Fla., expecting to hear Wilkie in person at the Student Veterans of America National Convention. But he never made it.

Instead, the VA secretary addressed the crowd from a studio at VA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and appeared on five large screens in front of a packed Orlando convention hall. He promised student veterans were “now a permanent part of the table” at the agency.

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