Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 20, 2013
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
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
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 jobs.
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