College-Bound Vets to Receive Priority and Greater Flexibility, as Gov. Brown Signs Sen. Lieu’s Bill
2011-10-03 · By Editor
Veterans returning to college will find it easier to attend college under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Brown.
“Giving our veterans every reasonable chance to make a good-faith effort to complete college is in the best interests of veterans, their families and our country,” said Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, sponsor of Senate Bill 813. “This is the least we can do.”
Lieu, the only veteran on the nine-member committee, said SB 813 extends priority registration for veterans in college. It updates SB 272 of 2007, which provided veterans two years of priority registration after discharge. It has been shown since then that greater flexibility was needed, added Lieu, who remains in the Air Force Reserves.
For example, veterans rarely start school the day after separation from the service. Veterans often return home mid-term, find a place to live, look for employment, apply for admission to college, and enroll once the process of reintegration is done. Therefore a veteran may have lost almost all of the two years of priority enrollment.
“This bill helps make sure our veterans are able to complete school before their GI Bill benefits run out,” said Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, chairman of the Veterans Committee. “We need to do everything we can to reintegrate our returning veterans.”
For more, including a link to actual bill language, visit Lieu’s website.
Ted W. Lieu represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance, as well as portions of Los Angeles and Long Beach. For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu