On 30 June 2008 President George W. Bush signed the Post-9/11 GI Bill into law. When the new bill goes into effect on 1 August 2009, it will provide enhanced education benefits for all service members who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since 9/11. The benefits will be tiered, based on the number of days served on active duty, creating a benefit package that gives current and previously activated National Guard and Reserve members the same benefits as active-duty service members.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill was originally introduced by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) on his first day in the Senate in 2007. Then dubbed the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2007, it was an ambitious attempt to fix many of the failings of the current Montgomery GI Bill (known as MGIB and named after the late Congressman Gillespie V. "Sonny" Montgomery [D-MS], who revamped the original bill in 1984) and create an equitable program that would compensate both active-duty and reserve component service members equally based on their post-9/11 service. Webb's original bill, however, did not make it to a vote in 2007.