Contact: Jenni Terry
The American Library Association (ALA) is reaching out to veterans and their families to help them understand new educational benefits available under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill. At libraries across the country, the ALA is spearheading Veterans Information @ Your Library activities to explain a confusing array of benefits that become available next year.
Efforts kick off during the week of Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2008, and are expected to grow in the weeks and months to come.
“Libraries are valuable community resources,” said ALA President Jim Retting, “and a fitting place to help veterans and their families make sense of the new benefits and eligibility requirements that take effect Aug. 1, 2009.”
Joining the ALA in the outreach are the American Legion, the National Military Family Association, the American Council on Education and the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools.
Some libraries are hosting meetings and planning speakers to discuss the four new educational benefit programs. Others are offering counselors to assist veterans; still more are providing information at booths or on their websites.
At the Boston Public Library a joint information session with the American Legion is scheduled for Nov. 10. Similar activities are planned during the month by the Morris County Library in Whippany, NJ; Marion County Public Library in Indianapolis; Pikes Peak Library in Colorado Springs; and other locations.