The Post 9/11 GI Bill is helping some University of Wyoming students earn a college degree. UW sophomore John McKnight says he probably would have had to take a year off of school to work before heading to college without the benefits his father earned from the GI bill.
McKnight's is the first class to be able to take advantage of
the changes in the bill, which allow service members to transfer their unused educational benefits to their spouses and children. Any member of the armed forces can opt into the transfer as of August 2009. Nearly 300 students at UW are using veteran's benefits, 82 of which are enrolled in the new program. McKnight is working toward a criminal justice degree.