VFW Legislative Alert: Tell the House to vote “YES” on Veterans’ In-State Tuition
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January 31, 2014
For the last year, the VFW and its
partners have pushed Congress to offer in-state tuition protection for student
veterans attending public colleges and universities. Next week, the House of
Representatives is scheduled to vote on its veterans’ in-state tuition bill,
H.R. 357, which means we may be one step closer to ensuring our student
veterans have access to the quality, cost-effective education we promised them.
2008, the VFW and its partners helped pass the Post-9/11 GI Bill with the
intention of allowing Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans to go to college for
free at the public school of their choice. Sadly, many of our
student-veterans cannot take full advantage of this opportunity because of
outdated public education policies. Many veterans may be
disqualified from receiving in-state tuition simply because their past military
obligations do not conform to the state's stringent residency requirements.
This often forces veterans to either take out burdensome student loans, attempt
to balance full-time employment with full-time education, or abandon their
higher education dreams altogether. Though the veterans’ community has
successfully convinced some states to fix this in-state loophole for veterans,
most states still fall short.
The VFW believes that no
veteran should be penalized for his or her military service when seeking higher
education, which is why we have mobilized to pass federal legislation that will
protect our recent veterans who want to go back to school through our “In State
4 Vets” campaign alongside Student Veterans of America and the American Legion.
To learn more about this campaign visit http://studentveterans.org/what-we-do/in-state-tuition.html
Needed: Contact your member of
Congress today and tell them to vote “YES” next week on H.R. 357. This
legislation offers critical in-state tuition protections for our
recently-separated veterans looking to go to college on the GI Bill. Remind
Congress that we should never allow government-subsidized colleges and
universities to shortchange our veterans on their education. Our veterans
defended our nation – not just a particular state – which is why we encourage
the House or Representatives to come together and pass reasonable in-state
tuition standards for all of our college-bound veterans through H.R. 357.
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