POTTSTOWN PA – Proposed legislation discussed Friday (Feb. 23, 2013) by Lower Pottsgrove state Rep. Mark Painter would require Pennsylvania-supported colleges and universities to tell veterans how their military training might count for college credit, designate a coordinator to create a positive atmosphere for veteran students, and supply one-stop access to financial aid and support programs.
“More than a million veterans and their families are going to college with the financial backing of the federal government,” Painter said during a conference at the Pottstown campus of Montgomery County Community College. “For those who have given so much, I believe we can do a better job to ensure that they receive a quality education.”
Painter’s suggested “Combat To College” legislation is intended to make Pennsylvania colleges and universities veteran-friendly, he added. MCCC was chosen to host the event because it already operates “a successful program to help veterans,” he noted.
If enacted, the bill “should not require the expenditure of a large amount of federal resources,” Painter said. “I believe state government could take a leadership position in promoting ‘Combat to College’ programs with a limited number of staff and reasonable one-time grants for start-up and training costs, and smaller grants to maintain these necessary programs.”
Painter expect to rely in part on social media to push the proposal. He encouraged student veterans from across the state to contact his office through his website or his Facebook page with suggestions for the program.
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