• Iowa Strives to Attract Veterans0

    Veterans living in Iowa are eligible for a variety of tax breaks and other benefits following enactment last year of the Home Base Iowa Act, legislation designed to convince veterans to move to the state. Under the program, veterans are eligible to receive: a waiver of state income tax on military pensions; a $5,000 grant toward the purchase of a home; in-state tuition for public colleges and universities; and the ability to more easily obtain civilian licenses for skills learned in the military. “What we’re doing in Iowa can be an example of what other states can do,” Gov. Terry Branstad (R) told Military Times. “We look at it as a win-win for the veteran, for the companies and also for the communities in which they locate.”

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  • Question over Reach of Language Urging States to Offer In-State Tuition to Veterans0

    Language in the recent VA health care reform legislation encouraging public universities to charge recently separated veterans in-state tuition rates may not be as forceful as lawmakers intended. The bill, signed into law by President Obama last week, does not force states to charge veterans in-state tuition at public universities, but schools that charge higher rates would not be eligible to receive veterans’ Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill education benefits. Lawmakers believed the provision would prevent a school from receiving GI Bill benefits from any veterans, including those paying in-state tuition, if even one eligible veteran was charged more than the in-state rates …

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  • VA Reform Bill Retains Provision to Prompt States to Offer In-State Tuition to Veterans0

    The compromise version of legislation addressing the Department of Veterans Affairs’ scheduling crisis includes a provision allowing veterans to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at public universities only if they are charged, at most, in-state tuition rates. The language does not force states to charge veterans in-state tuition at public universities, but in states that charge higher rates, the VA would not provide veterans any benefits for tuition and fees. Currently, the GI Bill covers tuition and fees at the in-state rate of public schools, but veterans may not always qualify for those rates due to the wide variance in state residency laws …

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  • VA Reform Legislation Would Extend In-State Tuition to All Veterans0

    The bipartisan legislation passed by the Senate last week to address the Department of Veterans Affairs’ scheduling crisis includes a provision requiring public colleges and universities to charge in-state tuition to veterans using their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits regardless of where they reside. Public institutions would be required to charge the in-state tuition rate to veterans while they are living in the state if they enroll within three years after separating from military service …

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  • Veterans to Gain Credit for Military Training from Washington Universities0

    Washington state public universities will be required to award academic credit to veterans for military training courses, under a law signed last week by Gov. Jay Inslee (D). The new law creates a “gentle mandate” for state colleges to award academic credit to individuals that completed any military training course that meets certain criteria, according to state Sen. Steve O’Ban (R). Schools also are required to provide a copy of their policy on awarding credit to all enrolled students that list prior military service in their admissions applications …

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  • ‘Florida G.I. Bill’ Aims to Make State More Friendly to DOD, Veterans0

    New legislation approved by the Florida Legislature will offer assistance combating encroachment to the state’s defense communities, out-of-state tuition for public universities to veterans and funds to market the state to veterans. The bill, unanimously passed by the House and Senate, provides $7.5 million to purchase buffer zones to protect three installations from encroachment — MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville and Naval Support Activity Panama City. “It sends a signal to the BRAC commission as well that Florida wants to keep the installations we have and keep the people we have …

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