Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 20, 2013
Sen. Frank Simpson
9/11 G.I. Bill approved in committee
Oklahoma currently has over 100 one-hundred-percent
disabled veterans who have been injured while serving in the line
of duty and over 100 veterans who have been killed-in-action since
September 11, 2001. In order to provide some financial assistance
to these brave individuals and their families as well as to those
surviving spouses and children of those killed-in-action, Sen. Frank
Simpson filed Senate Bill 486 this year creating the 9/11 G.I.
Bill. This bill was approved unanimously Monday February 11th by
the Senate Education Committee and was unanimously approved by the
Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday.
SB 486 would provide these 100 percent disabled veterans, their
spouses and children with free tuition to any state technology center,
college or university in Oklahoma.
“These disabled veterans laid their lives on the line. They
no longer are able to serve in the military so we need to provide
them the educational tools to find new employment,” said Simpson,
R-Springer. “After sustaining such devastating injuries, a
family’s finances can be greatly affected. I think it’s
important that we help the spouses get additional education so they
can get higher paying jobs as well as provide free education to
the children of these heroes.”
Simpson pointed out that the spouses of paralyzed veterans usually
have to find better employment to help support the family and often
times they need a higher level of education to get higher paying
SB 486 will also provide free tuition to the surviving spouses and
children of those killed-in-action or killed in the line of duty
during Iraqi Freedom or Afghanistan Enduring Freedom.
The bill will now go before the full Senate for further consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Simpson: (405) 521-5607