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Letter

Steve Womack

From the office of:

Steve Womack


Sending Office: Honorable Steve Womack
Sent By:
Nicholas.Runkel@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague:

Providing our men and women in uniform with all the support necessary for their success once they return to public life, while also giving our nation’s workforce the best we have to offer, is a goal we can all support.  I invite you to join me and four of
my colleagues in cosponsoring H.R. 4633, the Credentialing, Educating, and Relevant Training Initiative for Your Heroes
(CERTIFY Heroes) Act, bipartisan legislation recently introduced following a concerted, multiyear effort to clarify the original intent of the law.  This bill would make a minor amendment to 10 USC § 2006a to remove any doubt that our nation’s
heroes are able to use their tuition assistance for any credentials, licenses, or certifications recognized by or necessary for practice in their state.

The current Department of Defense interpretation of the tuition assistance program only authorizes credentialing, licensing, and certification programs which meet all, rather than one, of the code’s requirements.  While we all recognize the important role
our colleges and universities play in the education of our service members, I believe the law was intended to cover programs that meet one of the listed requirements.  This bill will eliminate any ambiguity related to the availability of tuition assistance
benefits.

A recent Department of the Army survey of tuition assistance-eligible soldiers showed two main barriers to pursuing credentials: 1) on-duty demands and 2) credential cost.  We can mitigate those costs while enhancing our nation’s workforce by clarifying
that the existing tuition assistance program can be used to help our nation’s heroes to acquire necessary credentials, licenses, and certifications.  Note the recently announced support of the Association of the United States Army, found here: https://www.ausa.org/articles/new-legislation-benefits-wounded-warriors-active-duty-soldiers.

Please join in me in ensuring our heroes receive the support they deserve by cosponsoring the
CERTIFY Heroes Act.  For more information or to become a co-sponsor, please contact Nick Runkel (Nicholas.Runkel@mail.house.gov) on my staff.

                                                            Sincerely,

 

                                                            Steve Womack

                                                            Member of Congress 

 

Proposed statutory changes in bold.

10 USC § 2006a: Assistance for education and training: availability of certain assistance for use only for certain programs of education

In General. Effective as of August 1, 2014, an
An individual eligible for assistance under a Department of Defense educational assistance program or authority covered by this section may, except as provided in subsection (b), only use such assistance for educational expenses incurred for
a program as follows that satisfies one or more of the following requirements:

(1) An eligible program (as defined in section 481 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1088)) that is offered by an institution of higher education that has entered into, and is complying with, a program participation
agreement under section 487 of such Act (20 U.S.C. 1094)

(2) In the case of a program designed to prepare individuals for licensure or certification in any State, if the program meets the instructional curriculum licensure or certification requirements of such State.

(3) In the case of a program designed to prepare individuals for employment pursuant to standards developed by a State board or agency in an occupation that requires approval or licensure for such employment, if the program is approved
or licensed by such State board or agency.

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Armed Services, Education, Labor, Veterans

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 4633
Special Note:

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