Florida Congressmen Adam Putnam and Ron Klein today are asking a House panel to approve a measure they have coauthored that would help U.S. military veterans who are continuing their formal education. Putnam is scheduled to speak today before the House Committee on Veterans Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity in support of the bipartisan bill, the Test Prep for Heroes Act (HR 3948). The measure would allow veterans to be reimbursed for the cost of classes to help prepare them for higher education admission tests.
"A veteran who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan has the ability to be reimbursed for the cost of a college admission test like the SAT," said Putnam. "However, the cost of a class to help the veteran prepare for the test and refresh his or her understanding of material that hasn't been covered for years is often out of reach for many of our young veterans."
"The Test Prep for Heroes Act is a common sense solution to help our veterans prepare for the exams that will allow them to achieve their professional and educational goals and become a strong part of our national economic recovery," said Klein, who submitted written testimony. "Our testimony today stresses one key fact: at no new cost to taxpayers, the Test Prep for Heroes Act will help us keep our promise to the men and women who have worn the uniform of this country that they will have access to the full range of benefits they have earned."
The measure has received the support of veterans' organizations, including the Student Veterans of America.
"The Test Prep for Heroes Act is a simple and necessary modification to the Post 9/11 GI Bill which will allow current and future student veterans to properly prepare for the exams that they need to continue to lead our nation in whatever field they choose," said Brian Hawthorne, legislative director of the SVA. "These exams are an essential part of a veteran's education, and we applaud Congressmen Putnam and Klein's efforts to enable those who have defended our nation to use their GI Bill Benefits to prepare for them."
Since 2001, Putnam, a Republican, has represented Florida's 12th Congressional District, which includes most of Polk County and portions of Hillsborough and Osceola counties.
Since 2007, Klein, a Democrat, has represented Florida's 22nd Congressional District, which includes substantial portions of Broward and Palm Beach counties.