Summary: H.R.5589 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.5589. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (09/18/2014)

Veteran Education Empowerment Act - Directs the Secretary of Education to award four-year grants to institutions of higher education (IHEs) to establish, maintain, and improve a veteran student center.

Requires grantees to be IHEs that:

  • have a population of at least 15,000 students, of which at least 1% are veterans or members of the Armed Forces;
  • are located in a region or community that has a significant veteran population;
  • carry out programs or activities that assist veterans in the local community; and
  • present a sustainability plan demonstrating that their veteran student center will be maintained and will continue to operate after the grant ends.

Defines a "veteran student center" as a dedicated space on a campus that provides students who are veterans or members of the Armed Forces with: (1) a lounge or meeting space for such students and veterans in the community, and (2) a centralized office for veteran services that is staffed by trained employees and volunteers.

Requires that office to provide such students with assistance in:

  • transitioning from the military to student life,
  • transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce,
  • networking with other students,
  • understanding and obtaining the federal and state benefits for which they may be eligible, and
  • understanding how to succeed in the IHE.