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‘Combat To College’ Bill Aims To Assist Veteran Transition

Veterans may find it easier to go back to school under a bill working its way through the General Assembly.

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Jewell says veterans aren't typical college students and need to be treated accordingly.

Veterans may find it easier to go back to school under a bill working its way through the General Assembly.

The “combat to college” bill requires large universities to make special accommodations for veterans.

Richard A. Jewell, the American Legion‘s Indiana commander, says the bill began with veterans attending IUPUI who complained they felt out of place amid much younger students with whom they felt they had little in common.

Jewell says veterans are not typical college students and need to be treated accordingly.

“It gives them a place to go where they know that they can get the help they need, and dealing with people that understand their special needs,” Jewell says.

The bill authored by LaGrange Senator Susan Glick calls for schools with more than 200 veterans in their student body to set up a centralized admissions-and-financial aid office for them.

It also calls for academic guidance and job-placement programs designed specifically for veterans. The bill would require university counseling programs for veterans with disabilities or post-traumatic stress disorder.

The bill passed the Senate unanimously and is awaiting a hearing in the House.

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