Combat To College Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

Approval of the bill would allow returning veterans a quicker reinstatement into community life and education.

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A veteran works with a teacher at Ivy Tech Community College.

Legislation aimed at helping recently-returned military veterans adjust to college is awaiting the governor’s signature.

The “combat to college” bill requires Indiana public colleges and universities that enroll at least 200 former military service members to develop a centralized location for admissions, registration and financial aid for recent military veterans.

Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange), the bill’s author, says the measure essentially creates a one-stop shop that will help veterans transition from the battlefield to a college campus. She says the legislation also requires each school to develop programs that assist with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder in returning vets.

“We want to make sure that those that are coming in with a little additional hardships like the disabilities can address those issues, that the universities are mindful of those needs of those student veterans,” Glick says.

Glick’s bill is one of several measures dealing with veteran education and jobs, including legislation from Rep. Dan Forestal (D-Indianapolis). His bill allows combat paramedics and emergency medical technicians to skip costly and unnecessary retraining once they return from service.

Forestal says the measure authorizes the state’s emergency medical services commission, which licenses paramedics and EMTs, to immediately license a veteran if they pass a practical exam.

“Having that kind of streamlined I think will take some of the roadblocks out of the way for our veterans so they can get back to work doing what they love and serving in the communities,” Forestal says.

Forestal’s bill has been signed by the governor while Glick’s awaits his signature.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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