AURORA, Ill. – To help veterans returning to civilian life after serving in the military, state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, supported legislation that would require colleges and universities to give academic credit for military training as it relates to their area of service.
“Veterans gain highly useful skills that require their minds to adapt to any given situation that arises,” said Chapa LaVia. “Such talent and skills should be put to good use and rewarded as credit for courses because these types of skills are not easily acquired on a daily basis. This measure would give veterans the ability to choose academic programs that offer them the best value.”
Chapa LaVia supported House Bill 3701, which would require institutions of higher education to implement policies that allow veterans of the armed forces to receive academic credit for their military service. Each institution would be allowed to adopt its own policies and would outline which military training courses qualify for academic credit. The measure passed both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate with unanimous support, and if signed into law, the measure would require that polices be adopted before June 1, 2018.
“Assisting veterans in their transition to civilian life is extremely valuable and critical to them, and that should carry over into college courses,” said Chapa LaVia. “This legislation is a common-sense way to help service men and women earn their degree and improve their employment prospects after service.”