Jindal proposes higher ed bills for veterans
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's administration released information on two bills proposed to help veterans and military students finish college in Louisiana, and recognize colleges which create supportive environments for armed forces members.
The first bill would require colleges to set up arrangements so veterans could keep academic credits earned from institutions contracted with the Department of Defense to provide education services at military bases.
The second would designate some campuses as "veteran friendly" if they meet certain criteria, such as giving priority registration to veterans and military students and providing classes specifically tailored to them.
"Easing the transition from military to civilian life is of the utmost importance and I know that this legislation will make that more attainable for the men and women who have served our country with honor," said La. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David LaCerte.
The governor's office said the pieces of legislation together would provide a faster path to help veterans prepare for high-wage, high-demand jobs.