Following up on his presentation of the Purple Heart Medal to Sgt. Jason Thigpen, U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre announced today a 7-point action plan he will be taking to promote the issue of in-state tuition for veterans who are not residents of the state of their school.
Congressman McIntyre stated, "Our returning veterans who are pursuing an education under the 9/11 GI bill should not have to worry about in-state vs. out-of-state tuition! They have been in the front lines of our nation defending our freedom and values, and the costs of their tuition should be in-state -- regardless of their residency! By keeping these veterans at school here in North Carolina, we also will help keep a talented workforce here that is ready to get to work! Sgt. Thigpen is an outstanding advocate for this issue, and I will be working hand-in-hand with him to advocate for this change for our veterans!"
Respective state laws will need to be changed to address this problem. McIntyre's 7- point plan to help on this issue will include, but not limited to, the following actions:
Letters to every member of the North Carolina General Assembly and personal contact with General Assembly members asking them to work together, introduce legislation, and pass bill to change NC state law and address this issue;
Letter and contact with U.S. Senator Jim Webb who was the author the GI bill asking him to support this change;
Letters to North Carolina US Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan asking for their endorsement of this change;http://mcintyre.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=531:mcintyre-7-point-plan-on-pushing-for-in-state-tuition-costs-for-veterans&catid=1:2010-press-releases&Itemid=26
Letters to the US House and US Senate VA Committees to stress the importance of this issue being addressed;
Speech on the floor of the U.S. House to highlight this issue;
Letters to major veterans organizations encouraging them to join in the effort to have state laws changed to address this issue; and
Helping to publicize Sgt. Thigpen's website -- www.studentveteransadvocacygroup.org-- where citizens can sign an e-petition in support of this needed change.