House budget finds money for college bound veterans
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House budget finds money for college bound veterans

Date: March 13, 2013
By: Nick Thompson
State Capitol Bureau
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The Missouri House Budget Committee made up for some of the federal sequester cuts to college-bound veterans in their most recent version of the state budget.
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Wrap: House Budget Chair Rick Stream took 750 thousand dollars worth of spending to colleges and universities out of next year's budget and gave it to service men and women for books and course fees.  

Republican Jeff Grisamore has three sons who have balanced service and school.

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Description:  "It's critical I believe that we don't leave our young men and women in uniform behind, in terms of our committment to assist them on their higher education."

Normally, Missouri veterans draw from federal tuition assistance before they can apply for state benefits.

However, the U.S. Department of Defense announced they will no longer accept applications this year.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Nick Thompson.

The U.S. military halted its tuition benefits program after the sequester, but the Missouri House Budget Committee wants to provide student soldiers with more money in next year's budget.
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Wrap: House Budget Chair Rick Stream reduced 750 thousand dollars of proposed higher education spending and shifts it to the state's studying soldiers in the committee's version of the budget.

Republican Jeff Grisamore has sons who have served and said Missouri lawmakers must act if the Pentagon doesn't re-think the cuts.

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Description: "We wanna step up and assist and off-set that loss so that we can insure that our student soliders continue to have the funding they need to further their higher education."

Normally veterans draw federal tuition benefits before applying for state benefits, but the Pentagon has stopped taking applications.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Nick Thompson.

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