TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A former Marine with two tours in Iraq and one to Liberia is hoping the Senate follows the House's lead on reforming the GI Bill.
The House last week adopted changes to the program, which was first enacted after World War II to help returning veterans earn college education. The new measure would increase funding for the bill, providing veterans with 100 percent of their tuition to a public university.
Dan Parker, a former Marine and a senior at the University of Kansas, is using his GI Bill benefits to finish his degree. About 60 percent of his education is covered, forcing him to take jobs during school. He said expanding the program would encourage more veterans to earn their degrees.
Congresswoman Nancy Boyda, D-Kansas, was in Topeka Monday urging adoption of the reforms. She says she has a veterans and military affairs group with which she regularly meets and this is among their priorities.
The bill is now in the Senate.
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