Amata Engages Veteran Groups on Higher Education Opportunities for Veterans

March 18, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata participated in a House Veterans Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee hearing entitled: A Review of Higher Education Opportunities for the Newest Generation of Veterans.

Amata at VA Committee Hearing
Congresswoman Aumua Amata during the VA Committee Hearing

The focus of the hearing was on the benefits and programs that are currently available to our veterans, including those just leaving the service.  The committee heard from the VFW, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and others regarding their overview of the higher education programs that are currently available to our veterans.

During questioning, Congresswoman Aumua Amata asked the panel about their views on what the most common barriers to success our student veterans are facing and what can be done to overcome those barriers.  Specifically Amata inquired about those veteran students who live in remote and isolated areas like American Samoa.

“We do not have a local VA benefits counselor that can help our veterans in American Samoa navigate these barriers,” stated Amata.  “A benefits counselor comes from Hawaii maybe once a month or even every other month, depending on their availability, to help our veterans answer their benefits questions.  That is not adequate support for our veterans who are economically and geographically isolated and live 2,500 South of Hawaii,” concluded Amata.

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