Gov. Wolf Proposes Education Benefit for Pennsylvania National Guard Families
Call it Pennsylvania's version of the GI Bill. Governor Tom Wolf announced a new bill that would allow Pennsylvania National Guard members to earn college benefits for their spouses and children.
Call it Pennsylvania's version of the GI Bill. Governor Tom Wolf announced a new bill that would allow Pennsylvania National Guard members to earn college benefits for their spouses and children. The program would be the first of its kind.
Military members and their families joined lawmakers and Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, head of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, standing behind the governor as he announced his proposal. "The PA GI Bill is designed to show that we not only appreciate our Pennsylvania National Guard members' service, but that we also acknowledge their families' support and sacrifice," Gov. Wolf said.
"This program will recognize the sacrifice of our Guard families by offering education benefits to Guard spouses and children in Pennsylvania schools." PA Gov. Tom Wolf
Senator Lindsey Williams D-38th, who represents neighborhoods to the in the Allegheny County and northern Allegheny County, is among those supporting the bill. "Pennsylvania's National Guard service members deserve this education credit for both themselves and their families, and I'm thrilled to support it," said Sen. Williams. "The Military Family Education Program is essential to retaining and attracting new National Guard service members."
The education benefit will provide up to 10 semesters of tuition-free education for family member(s). It would be available to National Guard members and existing service members transferring into the Guard who completed their initial military term and commit to an additional six years of service. The only stipulation is that the benefit must be used at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency approved educational institution and is subject to the tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
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