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VanDenburgh proposes "Combat to College" program for Indiana's military veterans

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Feb. 7, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS - Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh (D-Crown Point) has filed legislation that would enable military veterans to continue their education upon completion of service.

House Bill (HB) 1134 would require that all state-supported colleges and institutions provide a "Combat to College" program for military veterans who wish to continue their education.

“This legislation helps veterans reach their college dreams, achieve future goals and advance in employment,” said VanDenburgh.

The bill requires state education institutions to provide a centralized location for admissions, registration, and financial administration services for veteran students, as well as accommodations for disabled veterans. The institutions also must provide academic and counseling services, and develop job search programs for military veterans.

Additionally, HB 1134 requires the institutions to designate a program director to manage these services.

“They risked their lives for our country,” she added. “The least we can do is honor them by granting opportunities to better their lives.”

HB 1134 has been proposed before by former representative Col. Scott Reske (D-Pendleton), a former member of the US Marine Corps and former collegue who worked closely on many issues with VanDenburgh.

“It is my honor to carry his bill,” said VanDenburgh. “We’ll have a lot of men and women coming home shortly,” she continued. “Hopefully we can pass this legislation to help them prosper in our state.”

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