CHÁVEZ LEGISLATION TO HELP VETERANS: ON GOVERNOR’S DESK AWAITING SIGNATURE

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Assembly Bill 13 would help conform California Law to HR 3230
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) announced Assembly Bill 13 passed on concurrence off the Assembly Floor with bipartisan support. AB 13 is currently on the Governor’s desk for signature.

“Last month the women and men of the California state legislature came together to support our veterans,” said Chávez. “As the original author of this bill and as a veteran myself I am thankful for the efforts made in both houses to get this done. Our veterans deserve the right to attend our great colleges and universities.”

President Obama signed House of Representatives Bill (H.R.) 3230, a measure that, in part, will require all public institutions of higher learning to grant all GI Bill recipients in-state tuition for any course enrolled in after July 1, 2015 or forfeit all Title 38 funding. AB 13 will request the University of California, California Community Colleges and California State University to come into compliance with the new federal law with the hopes of granting in-state tuition to all persons eligible for Title 38 funding (GI Bill beneficiaries), even if the student is not a current California resident.

“The Governor needs to sign this bill; in-state tuition for veterans will greatly benefit our community. The manner in which we take care of our veterans is a direct reflection of our city.” – Vista Deputy Mayor, John Aguilera.

AB 13 received wide spread support from organizations including the American Legion, AMVETS – Department of California, California Association of County Veteran Service Officers, California State Commanders Veterans Council, Military Officers Association of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars – Department of California and Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council.

Rocky J. Chávez is a retired Marine Corps Colonel, former City Councilman and former Acting Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. He represents California’s 76th Assembly District, which includes Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside and Vista.

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