By Tim Kowols
Children of disabled military veterans can get help paying for college thanks to changes to Wisconsin’s GI Bill. The GI Bill allows a state’s veteran’s benefit to pay for tuition and fees at a Wisconsin college or technical school if they enlisted in Wisconsin or have lived in the state for at least five years. Wisconsin Act 59 passed earlier this year extends that benefit to dependents of honorably discharged veterans disabled at a rate of 30 percent or higher and meet residency requirements. Kewaunee County Veterans Service Officer Jane Babcock says there are many opportunities for people to be offered free tuition at state colleges and technical schools.
Governor Scott Walker also signed a bill earlier this month making it easier for National Guard veterans using the Wisconsin GI bill to get reimbursed for their tuition. You can learn more about this program and other benefits offered to veterans by contacting you county’s veterans service officer.