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Monday, April 13, 2009

Yellow Ribbon update

Got this information today in response to my Sunday story about the VA's new Yellow Ribbon program:

Troy University has pledged to support military veterans and active-duty personnel attending college by providing the maximum tuition assistance allowed through a special program in the latest version of the G.I. Bill.

The University has pledged to close any gap between the benefits provided under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 and the cost of tuition at Troy University by paying 50 percent of the established tuition and fee charges not already covered under the bill.

A special provision of the bill, called The Yellow Ribbon Program, allows colleges and universities to offer the tuition waiver. The Department of Veterans Affairs will match each additional dollar funded by the University. The legislation is scheduled to take effect Aug. 1.

Troy University has a long, distinguished record of supporting the United States military,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “Our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program is a natural continuation of our commitment of service.”

Troy University began its service to the U.S. military in 1950, with the establishment of its first on-base extension programs in 1950. Today, Troy University operates teaching sites on military installations in six U.S. states and two nations outside the United States. Approximately 60 general and flag-rank officers in the U.S. military have earned a TROY degree.

In addition, Troy University, through its Division of Student Services, will provide one-on-one assistance to discuss the program with veterans and active-duty personnel.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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