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Gov. Pence signs ‘Combat to College’ bill

Veterans will now have more support in transitioning into college, thanks to legislation authored by State Sens. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange) and Allen Paul (R-Richmond). Gov. Mike Pence signed Senate Enrolled Act 115 into law June 4.

SEA 115 requires state colleges and universities with at least 200 veteran students to establish a “combat to college” program, creating administrative and educational assistance for these students.

“As the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans remains high, we must take extra care to provide educational and career assistance for our returning soldiers,” Glick said. “The ‘combat-to-college’ program is pivotal to helping our veterans find success in civilian life.”

“The essential goal of this legislation was to support veterans pursuing a college education,” Paul stated. “These policies and programs will not only meet the unique needs of veteran students but will give them more opportunities to succeed.”

Under the new law, relevant colleges and universities are required to implement the following policies and programs for veterans:

·        A centralized location for admissions, registration and financial administration services.

·        Reasonable fitness accommodations for disabled veterans.

·        Academic guidance and counseling services.

·        Job-search assistance

Pence hailed the legislation as a victory for veteran students.

“Providing Hoosier veterans with better access to a college education will help them be more successful and will improve our workforce,” Pence said. “I applaud Senators Sue Glick and Allen Paul, the authors of the bill, for their leadership on this important matter to help the brave men and women who made sacrifices to protect our freedom improve their lives through education.”