CONGRESS FILNER TO HOST WEDNESDAY TOWN HALL AT SDSU ON NEW POST-9/11 GI BILL, EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR VETS

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May 26, 2009 (San Diego)--Tomorrow, Congressman Bob Filner is hosting a Veterans Town Hall at San Diego State University (SDSU) to publicly discuss the impact of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill on our veterans. Congress passed legislation to significantly expand the educational benefits for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Department of Veterans Affairs recently began accepting applications for these benefits.

“I want veterans and their loved ones to be fully informed,” said Congressman Filner. “A wide range of benefits that pay the full cost can be used to attend college, business, technical, or vocational schools, or to participate in apprenticeships or entrepreneurship training, among other opportunities. There’s something for everyone.” “Our veterans have contributed so much but many are eager to contribute still more,” said Stephen Weber, President of SDSU. “It is our job as educators to give them the tools with which they can achieve that ambition.” After hearing from a panel of school admissions representatives, Veterans Affairs and California state education coordinators, and other veterans’ organizations, there will be an opportunity to have questions and concerns addressed. WHAT: Veterans Town Hall, Q&A on New GI Bill Benefits WHO: Bob Filner, U.S. Representative, CA 51st Congressional District Stephen Weber, President, San Diego State University Patrick Campbell, Counsel, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Keith Wilson, Veterans Affairs Benefits Administration, Education Services ZoAnn Laurente, California Approving Agency for Veterans Education Joan Putnam, SDSU Admissions Veterans Coordinator Peter Salas, President, SDSU Student Veteran Organization WHEN: 9:00 a.m. Tomorrow, May 27th, 2009 WHERE: San Diego State University Aztec Athletic Center On 55th Street, across from Cox Arena Parking Structure #5 Corner of 55th Street and Montezuma Road San Diego, CA


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