Obama hails post-9/11 GI Bill

President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaConway: Trump doesn't think he's lying on voter fraud, wiretap claims Trump's forgotten man and woman — still forgotten Jeb Bush calls out Republicans silent on Trump's Russia probe MORE on Monday lauded the implementation of a new GI Bill that extends educational benefits for veterans and their families.

Joined by Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders keeping door open on 2020 Biden deflects questions about 2020 run at OZY Fest The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE, Virginia Sen. Jim Webb (D) and former Virginia Sen. John Warner (R), Obama said the new program will allow veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to "get the opportunities they have earned."

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The new Veterans Affairs program, cosponsored by then-Sen. Obama and signed into law by former President George W. Bush, would allow for the educational funds like tuition or books to be transferred to the spouses or children of veterans after agreeing to serve 10 years.

The program is set up on tiers beginning with those who have served at least 90 days on active duty beginning Sept. 10, 2001.

National Guard members and reservists will be eligible to receive the funds.

With the funds rolling out of VA beginning Aug. 1, the president, speaking at George Mason University, said that the new plan will not only help the country "meet our moral obligation" to those who have served but will also help them to be "prepared to lead our nation in the peaceful pursuit of economic leadership in the 21st century."

"This is not simply a debt we are repaying to the remarkable men and women who have served," Obama said. "It is an investment in our own country."