Last week, Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced HR 1112 to the House of Representatives to modify the GI Bill. This bill, along with a companion piece in the Senate introduced by Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), would “permit the reassignment of veteran’s education benefits in cases where the designated beneficiary passes away.” Unfortunately, this bill bears the name of a family who has found itself in need of this transferability.
Shauna Hill, the daughter of Retired Navy Captain Edward Hill, intended on going to college using her father’s education benefits. Shauna was killed in a car accident at just 16-years-old. The Hills hoped to be able to transfer these education benefits to Shauna’s younger sister Haley – however, the law does not currently permit transferring GI Bill benefits after retirement.
The Shauna Hill Post 9/11 Educational Benefits Transferability Act would change that. This act will allow benefits to be transferred in the case of tragedy such as what the Hill family has faced. Captain Hill earned these education benefits. This bill will ensure his family and other families who’ve experienced tragedy will receive the benefits they earned. Hopefully Haley Hill’s college attendance will soon be covered by the GI Bill and this burden can be lifted off the Hill family.