STATEHOUSE (Feb. 21, 2017) — State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) is urging U.S. Congress to enact legislation that would help veterans receive their GI Bill benefits to become railroad conductors.
Zent said railroads are among Indiana's top employers for hiring veterans. Currently, federal standards disqualify veterans training as railroad conductors in Indiana from accessing their earned GI Bill benefits.
“Many returning veterans are eligible for monthly, on-the-job training stipends from the GI Bill,” Zent said. “The Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs cannot certify existing railroad conductor training programs, which is typically 14 to 22 weeks of training, because federal guidelines require 26 weeks of training. We need to make sure our highly skilled veterans are able to access their GI Bill benefits and are able to make a better life for themselves and their families.”
Each member of the Indiana Congressional delegation and the Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a copy of Zent’s resolution and know the Indiana House of Representatives supports the need for this legislation.
State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51, which
includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.
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