U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) voted Wednesday to expand GI Bill education benefits to the National Guard.
The Guard and Reserve Parity Act, led by Rep. Mike Levin (Calif.-49) provides parity in GI Bill benefits for members of the National Guard and Reserve who increasingly conduct similar training and missions as other servicemembers, but do not receive equal benefits.
“Our Guardswomen and men in uniform step up every day to serve our communities in New Mexico and the nation,” Rep. Stansbury said. “Just last year, members of the New Mexico National Guard and Air National Guard saved lives and distributed food during our pandemic response, were deployed overseas, and protected our democracy at the U.S. Capitol. I’m proud to vote to extend these benefits, which servicemembers of our National Guard have more than earned, so that they can advance their own education.”
Rep. Stansbury’s vote comes as the nearly 4,000 members of the New Mexico National Guard and Air National Guard have been utilized at unprecedented levels in recent years as critical first responders to the COVID-19 pandemic, as firefighters, and as responders to the Jan. 6 insurrection.
The Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act addresses this benefits disparity by expanding eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill to count every day that a servicemember is paid and in uniform toward benefit eligibility.