Ohio expands education benefits for veterans’ families

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COLUMBUS — Under a new Ohio law, the spouse or dependents of deceased veterans who move to Ohio receive immediate in-state tuition rates as opposed to waiting 12 months to establish residency.

Currently, under the Ohio G.I. Promise, veterans with one year of honorable service, their spouse and dependents who move to Ohio are immediately considered in-state residents for the purposes of tuition, state educational subsidies and financial aid. Active duty, guard, reserve service members, and their families are also eligible for this educational benefit.

Before

Previously only families of service members killed in action were eligible for the Ohio GI Promise. The new law expands these educational benefits to the spouse or dependents of a deceased veteran who move to Ohio even if death occurred after discharge.

Additionally, the legislation enables county veterans-service officers to immediately access discharge forms required for veterans to get benefits and medical services. It also adds a member of the National Guard to the state’s Veteran Advisory Committee.

For more information about the Ohio G.I. Promise and other education opportunities for veterans and servicemembers, call 877-838-7641.

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