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Support for Veterans

 

Nancy Pelosi and veteran Tara Bray

 

On Sept. 2 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hosted a press conference at SF State to discuss the newly expanded G.I. Bill.


"Just as our troops pledge to leave no one behind on the battlefield, we will leave no veteran behind when they come home," she told the audience of students, faculty and staff at Seven Hills Conference Center.


Referencing SF State’s designation as a Princeton Review "College with a Conscience," the speaker said "so many members of the student body have demonstrated this by serving our nation in uniform." She was joined on stage by some of these students, including Army veteran Tara Bray.


"I always dreamed of earning a master’s degree, but I didn’t have the means to do so," Bray said, adding that the bill "has changed my life." She is now working on her thesis, a memoir of her service in Iraq, and hopes she can help other veterans through her writing.


Already, 300,000 veterans and their families, including 500 SF State students, have pursued a degree through the recently enacted G.I. Bill for the 21st Century. The new initiative increases education benefits for those who have served at least three months on active duty since 9/11, and provides veterans more time to use
their benefits.


SF State is also expanding its support for veterans, who already enjoy priority registration for classes. In November a New Veterans Services Center opened in the Career Center to provide workshops, orientations and other support services for veterans and their dependents.


For more information, visit www.sfsu.edu/~veterans


 

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