SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As of Jan. 1, veterans in Illinois will be able to obtain college credits for their service under new legislation that was co-sponsored by state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora.
“Veterans have sacrificed so much to help guarantee the safety of our country and they deserve any and all assistance available to be successful after their service,” Chapa LaVia said. “Offering college credits for military service abroad will make it easier for them to pursue their goals and reintegrate as civilians.”
The Chapa LaVia-backed House Bill 3701 will require all institutions of higher education to implement policies that give veterans access to college credits. Colleges, universities and other institutions have until June to adopt a policy that reflects the new law.
“As the chairwoman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, it’s important to me that veterans are recognized for all that they have done, including training that is valuable in numerous sectors, not just in the military,” Chapa LaVia said. “This bill will open so many doors for those who have selflessly served our country and will give them more opportunities to be successful after their service.”