WARRENSBURG - Following through on a pledge he made in Warrensburg several weeks ago, U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy (R-Glens Falls) introduced The Post-9/11 G.I. Education Fairness Act, which would provide U.S. veterans with expanded educational opportunities.
Murphy unveiled the bill recently at the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs. Joining him at the announcement were veterans and community leaders.
"Our young veterans have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, and for that we owe them a deep debt of gratitude," said Rep. Murphy. "These men and women are returning home with incredible skill sets, and we should help them further develop these skills and contribute to our local economy.
In a meeting with upstate New York veterans Nov. 9 in Warrensburg. Murphy had said he sought to expand both educational opportunities for veterans and the credit they receive for occupational and educational training while in the service.
He had said that soldiers, who received extensive technical or medical training should be awarded college credits and certification for their expertise, not always the case now.
Monday, he said his bill accomplished vital strides in this realm.
"An educated workforce is key to rebuilding our economy," he said.. "This bill will give our veterans an opportunity to lead our economy on the road to recovery, as they have led our nation in the armed services."
The bill would amend current law to expand the types of education programs approved for veterans, extending beyond licensing and certification tests and courses offered by institutions of higher learning. The approved programs of education would include:
• Preparatory courses for a test that is required or used for admission to an institution of higher education or graduate school;
• National tests for admission to or course credits at institutions of higher learning;
• Programs of apprenticeship or other on-job training for individuals who are not on active duty;
• Training at non-college-degree institutions
• Correspondence training, Entrepreneurship training and cooperative programs;
• Courses required to receive financial assistance from the Small Business Administration; and
• Flight training offered by entities other than institutions of higher learning.