The newly-reappointed Adjutant General of the Washington State National Guard, Major General Bret Daugherty, is also on campus, and paid a visit to the House Democratic Caucus this morning.
Maj. Gen. Daugherty took over the position last summer from Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg, who retired after serving for 13 years as our state's adjutant general.
While National Guard Day is a special celebration each year in the legislature, House Democrats are also striving to make sure that every day our state's servicemen and women have opportunities to succeed in education and in the transition to civilian life and employment. Several higher education-related proposals are working their way through the House, including House Bill 1428, sponsored by Rep. Dave Upthegrove.
|Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty|
Additionally, there are many veterans in our state who are trying to complete their education amid ever-rising tuition costs. The federal G.I. bill provides educational benefits, but those benefits are based on the time of service a veteran has honorably completed. This leaves out veterans who have also served honorably, but for less than the time required for full educational funding.
Under Rep. Upthegrove's proposal, the VIP would become permanent, have a steady source of funding, and a portion of those funds would be dedicated to help veterans attending community college.
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