Jindal backs measures to help veterans earn college degrees

Jindal backs measures to help veterans earn college degrees

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking lawmakers to approve two measures aimed at making it easier for veterans to get a college degree in Louisiana.

One bill would require public colleges in the state to accept veterans' course credit from accredited schools that have contracts with the Department of Defense to offer classes through military bases. The proposal will be sponsored by Sen. Ben Nevers of Bogalusa.

The other bill would create a "veterans friendly" campus designation for schools that meet a list of requirements intended to ease the transition to campus for students with a military background. The measure will be sponsored by Rep. Henry Burns of Haughton.

Jindal's office announced the bills Thursday. Lawmakers will consider the proposals in the legislative session that begins April 13.

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