Spotlight: VA trademarks 'GI Bill'

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The Veterans Affairs Department says it has trademarked the term "GI Bill" in order to avoid confusion and stop deceptive or misleading promotions from outside groups that target the GI Bill educational benefits of Servicemembers, Veterans, eligible family members and survivors. VA also obtained the rights to the GIBill.com website after the original owners agreed to give up the site. Allison Hickey, VA undersecretary for benefits, said the agency will be taking more steps to combat fraudulent marketing and recruiting practices. VA will issue its terms of use for the "GI Bill" phrase within the next six months.

Since August 2009, VA has paid over $23.8 billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to over 866,000 eligible people. It says it received more than 478,000 enrollments for benefits this fall.