|Tell Congress to Vote YES on In-State Tuition|
|Legion Supports GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act|
(January 31, 2014) This Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, many Americans will watch Super Bowl XLVIII, the largest sporting event in the United States. The National Football League takes pride in its relationship with the military. In past years it has featured Air Force flyovers, military color guards during half-time, and live video footage from an undisclosed Middle East location where service members watched the game via satellite. In 2009, General Petraeus, architect of the Iraq ‘surge’ strategy did the coin toss before kick-off.
Then on Monday, Members of Congress return to Washington with an opportunity to show their support as well. That evening, the House of Representatives will vote on important legislation for veterans, H.R. 357, the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act. With lawmakers scrambling to show their support for military veterans in light of their “fumbling the ball’ by the recent passage of the December budget deal that included a $6 billion cut to veterans benefits, they need a win and this legislation offers them an opportunity to get back in the game with veterans.
For student-veterans who attend public higher-education institutions the post 9/11 GI Bill only pays in-state tuition and eligible fees. Veterans who settle in states other than their state of residence upon separating from the service are initially charged “out-of-state” tuition, which means they must pay the difference between the resident and non-resident charges.
H.R. 357 would expand education opportunities for veterans by allowing them to attend the state-run higher-education institution of their choice at the in-state tuition rate. It would do this by requiring public schools to charge in-state tuition rates to all veterans in order for the school to be eligible to receive G.I. Bill education payments.
Daniel M. Dellinger, national commander of The American Legion, expressed support for this legislation saying:
“It is only right, proper and fitting that student veterans be afforded the in-state tuition rate at institutions of higher learning, regardless of their official residency status. These men and women seeking to better themselves educationally have given great service to our entire nation and should, therefore, be considered honorary citizens of all states.”
So before you watch the Super Bowl this weekend let your U.S. representative know you expect them to vote “YES” on H.R. 357 and encourage states to offer in-state tuition rates for college-bound veterans.
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Action Alert: Give Veterans In-State Tuition