When College Aid for Vets’ Kids Goes MIA
Single Topic News (Midsize Newsroom)
- Stephanie Zimmermann, Chicago Sun-Times
About the Entry
Stephanie Zimmermann’s eye-opening reporting on military families who shockingly learned that their GI Bill educational benefits were canceled due to a bureaucratic error prompted outrage from readers, veterans, and members of Congress.
- The Navy Told Him He Served Long Enough to Get His Kids Free College. Its Math Was 6 Days Off.
- More GI Bill Horror Stories: Vets Say Government Reneged on Promise to Pay for Kids’ College
- Sen. Dick Durbin: Fix ‘Bureaucratic Failures’ That Forced Navy Vet’s Daughter to Leave DePaul
- Navy Fixes GI Bill Error That Forced Student to Leave DePaul and Left Her With $20K Debt
Comments from the Judges
“These articles took what could have been a dry and obscure issue and brought it fully to life. And best of all, it got results and reforms. These military families were helped by these articles. Solid journalism with a cause.”
“This story gutted me. When someone is given poor guidance by the service member’s military branch, the attitude often is ‘tough luck.’ Kudos to Zimmermann for going deep on this story and getting to the bottom of what is essentially a human error that wreaked so much havoc and misfortune in what could be hundreds of military families.”
EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2019 National Awards for Education Reporting.