Summary: H.R.1399 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.1399. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (03/17/2015)

Veteran Education Empowerment Act

Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require the Secretary of Education to award up to 30 four-year grants to institutions of higher education (IHEs) or consortia of IHEs to establish, maintain, and improve Veteran Student Centers.

Permits a grantee to use a portion of the grant to provide veteran students with supportive instruction services.

Requires a grantee to be an IHE or consortium that: (1) enrolls in undergraduate or graduate courses a significant number or percentage of veterans or members of the Armed Forces, and (2) presents a sustainability plan demonstrating that its 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 themselves, their spouses or partners, and veterans in the community; (2) a centralized office for veteran services that is staffed by trained employees and volunteers and serves as a single point of contact to coordinate veterans support services; and (3) comprehensive academic and tutoring services to veterans.

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 veteran students and veterans in the community,
  • understanding and obtaining benefits provided by the IHE and federal and state government for which they may be eligible,
  • understanding how to succeed in the IHE, and
  • understanding their disability-related rights and protections under specified federal laws.

Requires the Secretary to develop and implement a website for veteran student services at IHEs, which details best practices for serving veteran students at IHEs.