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Don’t restrict GI Bill

Dear Editor:

Upon completion of my service in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry assaultman, I had nothing to show for other than my rank and medals. As I transferred into civilian life, I knew I wanted something challenging that allowed me to start my own business. Welding and fabrication had always been a passion of mine, and thanks to the GI Bill I was able to pursue my dream and enroll in a 16-month program at Triangle Tech in Sunbury. The hands-on training and smaller classes that encourage one-on-one interaction with the instructor drew me to the program – something that larger universities fail to provide.

Recently, several veterans and I were informed that lawmakers in Congress are attempting to limit how veterans can use their GI Bill for education. This is infuriating. The GI Bill is earned by every military member through their service and should not be limited. If I could not have attended Triangle Tech due to limitations on the GI Bill, I don’t know if I would have pursued higher education at all.

I want to ensure that my representatives, specifically Sen. Bob Casey, stand with veterans and protect access to the education of our choice. Proposals circulating in Congress to classify the earned GI benefit just like federal financial aid for students are wrong; benefits earned by members of the military are not the same.

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For me, and many other veterans, a traditional college is not what we are seeking following our service.

Instead, veterans are seeking an expedited technical program directly applicable to a career following completion. Congress should not dictate where veterans choose to use our GI benefit. It is earned by the veteran, and therefore should not be restricted in any way.

Andreau Miller

Elizabethtown

Veterans for Career Education ambassador

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