S3503 was signed into law on Saturday, 21 March 2020 by President
Trump. This new law gives VA the authority to continue GI Bill payments
uninterrupted in the event of an emergency or health related situation.
With this new law, the VA is able to continue to pay education benefits
regardless of the fact that a program changes from resident to online/distance
training. Those individuals who were receiving the monthly housing allowance
for resident training and who’s course(s) were changed to online/distance
training will continue to receive the monthly housing allowance for resident
training effective from 1 March 2020 to 21 December 2020.
The VA is working to immediately implement these new changes. Soldiers who
have questions about specific circumstances should contact the VA Education
Call Center at: 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time,