STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) joined Governor Mike Pence at the Statehouse for a ceremonial signing of Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 115, a measure designed to help military veterans get into college. Rep. Zent co-sponsored the measure.
SEA 115 requires state educational institutions that have at least 200 veteran students enrolled to establish a Combat to College Program. As part of the Combat to College Program, schools must provide a centralized location for admissions, registration and financial administration services for veteran students. Schools will also be required to develop job search programs designed for veteran students.
“As a dual veteran, I remember how difficult it was return to civilian life after serving during the Vietnam era,” said Rep. Zent. “Returning to school and the workforce is not easy, so I am very encouraged that this new law will help other veterans re-adjust to civilian life and get on their feet. "Serving as the bill's co-sponsor, I was extremely proud to present SEA 115 on the House floor prior to the final vote on the measure.”
This legislation requires colleges and universities to develop programs to provide academic guidance specifically to veteran students, as well as access to counseling services and resources to veteran students who are disabled or suffer from PTSD.
“This is a win-win piece of legislation. Veterans will get help utilizing benefits they have earned and our state will benefit from the increased earning power of these veterans who have obtained higher levels of education and thus have improved job potential,” said Rep. Zent. “As a society, we owe this debt to our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”
This law will go into effect July 1st.
Rep. Zent (R-Angola) represents most of LaGrange and Steuben Counties.