VA names 1 millionth GI Bill beneficiary

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Posted: Nov 08, 2013 11:38 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A milestone for the new GI bill.

The Veterans Affairs Department has announced the 1 millionth receipient of benefits under the post-9/11 GI Bill.

He is Steven Ferraro, a 10-year Army veteran who fought in the Iraq war and has three kids. Ferraro is studying communications at Middlesex County College in Edison, N.J.

About $30 billion in new GI Bill benefits have been awarded to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members and their families since the program started in 2009.

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The new GI Bill helps pay for both public and private tuition along with housing, books and other fees.