H.R.5589 - Veteran Education Empowerment Act113th Congress (2013-2014)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Frankel, Lois [D-FL-22] (Introduced 09/18/2014)|
|Committees:||House - Education and the Workforce|
|Latest Action:||House - 11/17/2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.5589 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)
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.