WASHINGTON - Melissa Bryant benefitted from the G.I. Bill after serving as a U.S. Army Captain in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“I had a mortgage at the time,” Bryant said. “I can’t imagine not getting exactly what I believe was owed to me at that timeframe.”

Now, Bryant is the Chief Policy Officer for the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans of America, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday demanding the Department of Veterans Affairs restore G.I. Bill funding. By her side, Congresswoman and Hawaii Army National Guard Maj. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), along with Florida Congressman and retired army Staff Sgt. Brian Mast (R-Fla.)

“There are still too many of our brothers and sisters across the country who are still not getting the care and benefits they have earned,” Gabbard said during the news conference.

In recent months, computer problems at the VA have delayed or reduced education and housing benefits to some student veterans, who are now facing financial uncertainty.

“All of our veterans, they’re reliable,” Mast said, “and that’s not the reliability they’re seeing out of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.”

The tech troubles stem in part from changes made by the new “Forever G.I. Bill” that President Trump signed this summer, which is meant to enhance G.I. Bill benefits.

In recent weeks, the VA announced they would delay implementing portions of the law until December 2019.

“They should not be made or allowed to suffer because of government bureaucracy,” Gabbard said.

All of this, as VA employees are working overtime to refund veterans, and lawmakers are demanding answers so younger veterans to get what they deserve like Bryant did years ago.

“We all have dependents, we have survivors,” Bryant added. “We all have families that also need help.”