Monday, April 20, 2015

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed Mark Cardenas’ bill to help National Guard members go to college

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The governor recently signed a bill Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix (District 19), introduced that will help National Guard members cover a portion of their college tuition.

“Arizona was one of only three states that provided no educational assistance to guardsmen,” Cardenas said. “This affects recruitment efforts because educational benefits are among the most sought after by potential recruits.”

HB 2240 creates a tuition waiver program for Arizona’s National Guard members who want to attend in-state, public universities. The waiver will be available beginning in 2017, provided that universities have funding available to cover the cost.

“In recent years, we have seen fewer continuing military education opportunities, although members of the armed forces are required to graduate from college in order to qualify for some promotions,” Cardenas said. “Without career advancement, some guardsmen may not stay in the service. By signing this bill into law, the governor has helped ongoing efforts to better serve those who serve our country.”