Washington, DC– Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) has cosponsored H.R. 3272, the Veterans Education Empowerment Act – bipartisan legislation to reauthorize a Department of Education grant program to assist student veterans through the implementation of Veteran Student Centers. Under this program, educational institutions enrolling a significant number of student veterans are eligible to receive grants of up to $500,000. The transition from active duty to student life presents many challenges for our veterans. Many student veterans have been away from school for long periods, have families to support, or are dealing with service-related disabilities such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The creation of Veteran Student Centers at institutions of higher learning will not only help student veterans get the support they need in their personal and academic lives, but will also help them navigate an oftentimes confusing patchwork of state and federal financial aid programs.

“Our district is the proud home of more veterans than any district in New York and they deserve access to educational opportunities that will help them better adjust to civilian life,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The Veterans Education Empowerment Act will help ensure our heroes are able to use the education benefits they earned through their service for our nation. I will continue working in Congress to help our student veterans acquire the skills and training they need to successfully transition to civilian life, and I am proud to join this bipartisan effort.”