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Pence asks VA to reinstate GI benefits to veteran ITT students

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): Governor Mike Pence is trying to help any veterans left out of benefits because of the closing of ITT Technical Institute.

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the request is to fully reinstate the GI Bill benefits for any veteran who used theirs on the now closed college. Nearly 1,000 students and 622 Hoosier employees were displaced as a result.

“We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude, and one way we show that is through the post-9/11 GI Bill, which allows these brave men and women to earn an education at the institution of their choice when they return from serving our nation,” said Pence.

In a release from the Governors office, they say Pence will also direct the Commission for Higher Education and the Department of Workforce Development to look into alternate ways of funding in the event their earned credits won’t transfer to a new institution.

“The last thing we want to see is a student, who has worked hard and overcome barriers to attend school, face even more hurdles as they work to find a new path to earning a degree in their chosen field,” said Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb.

On September 6, ITT Technical Institute permanently closed due to lack of compliance with federal accreditation standards.

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