Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist

The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees.

Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and a supportive Congress might not deliver the swift and complete victories advocates expect.

Meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it is getting 3,000 applications a day for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits from veterans and current service members.

Here’s a rundown on these three efforts or programs:

ON POST-9/11 GI BILL — Since May 1, VA has received more than 20,000 applications and the number climbs by roughly 3,000 a day.