RELEASE: Gottheimer Votes to Expand Access to G.I. Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Members

Jan 13, 2022

Bipartisan Bill Supports Those Who Risk Their Lives to Protect Us

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, January 12, 2021, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) voted to pass the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act, which will help expand access to G.I. benefits for members of our military who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Currently, the National Guard and Reserve, who often serve side-by-side with their active duty counterparts, do not receive the same access to vital G.I. Bill benefits. The bipartisan legislation Gottheimer helped pass out of the House today will address that and help ensure that all members of our military are honored with the benefits they have earned and deserve. 

Every day that our National Guard and Reserve service members sacrifice for their country should count toward their benefits,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer. “Unfortunately, National Guard and Reserve members do not currently have the same access to G.I. benefits as other members of the military — even though they often do the same jobs, incur the same risks, and make the same sacrifices as those in active duty. This bipartisan legislation, which I was proud to help pass out of the House today, addresses this issue head on. It will ensure that all servicemembers, regardless of duty status, have the same access to the benefits they have earned. We must always get the backs of all those who bravely have ours.” 

Since the September 11th attacks, our brave National Guard members and Reservists have become even more integral to the United States’ national security strategy. These service members are increasingly seeing heavier training schedules and more frequent deployments. Reserve troops often serve side-by-side with their active-duty counterparts, and communities across the country have relied on National Guard deployments during the COVID-19 pandemic to help fight the virus, assist long-term care facilities, and staff vaccination and testing sites. 

That is why this legislation is so critical — current law falls short of ensuring that National Guard members and Reservists accrue the vital education benefits they have earned. The bipartisan Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act closes eligibility gaps in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill to ensure that members of the National Guard and Reserve have access to benefits that reflect their contributions to our national security. 

Since taking office, Gottheimer has been fighting for expanded access to services for local veterans and has been working diligently to protect them during the pandemic. 


Recent Posts

Nov 30, 2023

RELEASE: Gottheimer Statement on New York’s Congestion Tax

NORTH JERSEY — Today, November 29, 2023, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) released the following statement: “As advertised, New York is officially sticking it to Jersey families with their commuter-crushing Congestion Tax. On top of the existing tolls, it’ll be 15 bucks every day to go into the city with no discounts at the GW Bridge […]

Nov 29, 2023

RELEASE: After Gottheimer Questioning, Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Director Chopra Agrees to “Look Into” NY’s Congestion Tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, November 29, 2023, during a U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee hearing, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer questioned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra, a New Jersey native, about New York’s $23-a-day Congestion Tax “making money off of gouging middle class Americans with exorbitant tolls.” Director Rohit Chopra agreed to “look into” the […]

Nov 29, 2023

RELEASE: Gottheimer Helps Pass Bipartisan Legislation Condemning Hamas, Calling for the Release of All Hostages, and Reaffirming Israel’s Right to Exist

WASHINGTON D.C. — Tonight, November 28, 2023, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) helped pass two pieces of bipartisan legislation to condemn the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel, reaffirm Israel’s right to exist, and call for Hamas to immediately surrender and safely release all hostages. On October 7, Hamas terrorists brutally murdered, raped, burned alive, decapitated, and […]