New G.I. Bill passes Okla. House subcommittee

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OKLAHOMA CITY—A bill that would allow some disabled veterans and their immediate family members to receive a tuition-free college education was approved by a budget subcommittee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 486 would allow 100 percent disabled veterans and their families to attend any state-supported technology center school or any state higher education institution without paying tuition or fees.

Veterans who would qualify for the program must have suffered injuries after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack that left them 100 percent disabled.

“This is an important measure that lets our disabled veterans and their families know that we recognize their tremendous sacrifice and we are here to help them,” said Rep. Pat Simpson. “It also lets those families whose loved one made the supreme sacrifice know that we have not forgotten about them.”

The bill requires that children of the veterans enroll in the program before turning 21 in order to be eligible.

It also makes United States Department of Veteran Affairs Post 9/11 G.I. Bill students eligible for in-state tuition.

SB 486 now heads to the full House Appropriations and Budget Committee.