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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 115 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO.115

(By Delegates By Delegates M. Poling, Paxton, Beach, Crosier, Ennis, Lawrence, Louisos, Moye, Pethtel, Perry, Rodighiero, Shaver, Smith Stowers, Walker, Duke, Canterbury, Ireland, Rowan, Shott and Sumner)



Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study methods to remove the barriers to educational success that veterans face in the higher education system and the transition difficulties that the children of military personnel face in the public education system.

Whereas, West Virginia has one of the highest numbers of active duty and injured soldiers per capita in the nation; and
Whereas, It is important that veterans and military personnel receive the honor, treatment and care they so richly deserve for volunteering their lives to protect our country and our state; and
Whereas, The State of West Virginia has a compelling interest in demonstrating its gratitude towards its veterans and military personnel by enhancing services that broaden opportunities for them and their families; and
Whereas, Many veterans are interested and motivated to seek higher education, but face obstacles and limitations unique to veterans in doing so, including unprecedented mental and physical health care issues that may be beyond the scope of care of current student services; and
Whereas, By providing veterans with enhanced educational assistance and counseling, higher education institutions in this state can help satisfy the state's moral obligations to honor and show gratitude for their service; and
Whereas, Veterans would benefit from the implementation of methods to lower the bureaucratic barriers facing them in enrollment, reenrollment, financial aid and transitioning into the educational process;
Whereas, Veterans would benefit from the appointment of veterans' advocates trained in as many institutional units as is feasible, the development of programs to ease the transition from military life into higher education, the designation of one or more areas on campus for veterans to congregate and discuss shared concerns, and the provision of information regarding all benefits available to them;
Whereas, Numerous issues affect the integration of the children of military personnel into the public school systems;
Whereas, There are barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents;
Whereas, Barriers to educational success for children of military personnel include variances among states regarding kindergarten and first grade entrance age, course placements, educational program placements, records transfers, course sequencing and graduation requirements, to name a few;
Whereas, It is in the best interest of the state to remove the barriers to educational success for veterans and families of military personnel; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study methods to remove the barriers to educational success that veterans face in the higher education system and the transition difficulties that the children of military personnel face in the public education system; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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