Pennsylvania expands education benefits for veterans

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House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation Chairman Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., questions General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The committee is looking for answers from Barra about safety defects and mishandled recall of 2.6 million small cars with a faulty ignition switch that's been linked to 13 deaths and dozen of crashes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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By Eleanor Chute

Military personnel can be assigned to serve around the globe, but when veterans come to Pennsylvania, out-of-state tuition and fees in higher education can be a financial burden.

That won’t be the case anymore, thanks to a new state law that took effect Wednesday. Pennsylvania was required by a new federal law — called the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 — to provide such access to certain veterans, but the state version goes further than required.

The federal law was scheduled to take effect July 1, but the federal government has delayed its enforcement by six months. Most states are already in compliance.

“It’s a good move to make,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, who is a reservist. “When we passed the federal law, we wanted to recognize the veterans who may be placed anywhere in the world who are moving back into a region.”

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