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Lawmakers introduce bill to expand tuition assistance options for military

Some lawmakers are working to expand the type of education the military’s tuition assistance program will cover.

A bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) allows service members to pay for licensing, credential and certification programs offered by institutions other than higher education institutions.

A companion bill was introduced in the House by Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Steve Russell (R-Okla.) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.).

“The folks who serve our nation in uniform develop unique and specialized skillsets over the course of their military careers. Our bill helps give them more flexibility to get the training and certification they need to put their skills to work as civilians,” Tester, who is also the ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said in a statement.


Ernst shared Tester’s view on the bill.

“Across Iowa, many of the in-demand and skills-based jobs don’t require a four-year degree, but adequate training and certification is essential. The CERTIFY Heroes Act would allow our service members to use their military tuition assistance…

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