Thursday, January 24, 2013

Arizona legislators setting national standard for veterans’ issues

Arizona legislators setting national standard for veterans’ issues 

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona legislators are setting the standard when it comes to finding ways to help veterans.

“We are staying ahead of the curve on veterans issues in Arizona,” Rep. Jonathan Larkin, D-Glendale (District 30), said.

Yesterday in Washington, D.C., members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs introduced new bipartisan legislation that will, if passed, assist veterans pursuing a college degree. The proposed federal law would require schools eligible for GI Bill education benefits to charge veterans in-state tuition rates, regardless of what state the veteran is from or where the schools are located.

Larkin, a founding member of the Arizona Veterans Caucus, said Arizona instituted a similar policy in 2011.

“We’re going to keep setting the pace for the state and the country,” Larkin said. “Now our bipartisan Veterans Caucus is working on legislation that will help veterans continue to pursue their college degrees.”

This past week, Larkin co-sponsored a bipartisan bill, HB 2420, that if enacted would provide grants to qualifying veterans who have exhausted their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and who have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree program.

“Our veterans have spent years serving our country,” Larkin said. “We should ensure they have access to a quality education when they complete their service. It’s good to see members of Congress involved in the effort to improve educational opportunities for veterans. Finding ways to better serve those who have served our country should be a top priority.”

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