1st legislation proposed this year gives veterans an advantage

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By Brittany Altom

The first legislation proposed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal this year looks to give veterans an advantage with higher education.

Two bills announced on Thursday hope to make Louisiana a leader in supporting veteran’s educational career making it easier for veterans to transition into Louisiana schools and eventually into the workforce.

The first bill will ensure that experience and training veterans gain during service will count as credit in Louisiana schools. The second creates a veterans friendly designation for campuses that both accept military experience as credit and provide additional services to help veterans succeed.

According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, there are around 330,000 veterans in Louisiana.