SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – Veterans who serve the United States do so with the risk of great harm. Local legislators who recognize their commitment recently passed yet another law in appreciation. In this case, it means granting priority course registration to military service members and veterans attending public institutions of higher education.

Senators Christopher Connors and Bob Andrzejczak sponsored Senate Bill No. 244, which is also known as the “Combat to College Act.”  Six other state senators co-sponsored the bill.

In the Assembly, both Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove co-sponsored Assembly Bill A-790, which is identical to  the legislation passed by the Senate.

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The bill must be signed by Governor Phil Murphy in order to be enacted as law.

While the country provides veterans and service members with some educational and training benefits, New Jersey’s new law would prove helpful. Instead of worrying about being waitlisted or denied access to classes, military service and members will move to the front of the line.

“Granting priority course registration to our veterans at state colleges and universities is appropriate when considering the sacrifices these individuals have and continue to make in the course of their service to our country,” shared Jason Smith, a spokesman for the 9th District Delegation.  “The ‘Combat to College Act’ is a component of the continuing policy commitment to improve veterans’ access to higher education opportunities.”

Members of the 9th District Delegation serve on the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs committees to more effectively represent their constituency, a large segment of which is comprised of veterans and their families.

“Veterans deserve to be moved to the front of the line,” continued Smith. “Moreover, this status would be most beneficial to active service members in planning their class schedules around their service obligations.”

Active military service members, veterans, and their families are entitled to a number of other benefits related to education, housing, and healthcare. The state offers this Resource Guide as a reference material.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at sfaughnan@tapinto.net.