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New GI Bill Helps Veterans Pursue College Debt-Free

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New GI Bill Helps Veterans Pursue College Debt-Free

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New GI Bill Helps Veterans Pursue College Debt-Free

New GI Bill Helps Veterans Pursue College Debt-Free

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The newly enacted Post-Sept. 11 GI Bill legislation is substantially more generous than its predecessor to veterans pursuing a college education. The provision removes financial barriers to college enrollment for those who serve their country by covering both tuition and living costs at any of the nation's public universities.

Jon Zapien, is a senior at George Mason University and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Zapien and Craig Westman, who leads enrollment efforts at the University of Texas at El Paso, talk about how the new GI Bill could help scores of veterans like Zapien attain a college education free of significant financial burden.

Westman also explains outreach efforts by his university to a nearby military base, where he and others from the school's campus are encouraging servicemen and women to make use of their new GI benefits by enrolling at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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