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Indiana House Passes Zent's Resolution to Help Returning Vets
Thursday Feb 23, 2017 3:27pm
Indiana State Representative Denny Zent of Angola is urging the U.S. Congress to enact legislation that would help veterans receive their GI Bill benefits to become railroad conductors.
Zent said “railroads are among Indiana's top employers for hiring veterans”. Currently, federal standards disqualify veterans training as railroad conductors in Indiana from accessing their earned GI Bill benefits. Zent said that “many returning veterans are eligible for monthly, on-the-job training stipends from the GI Bill”.
Currently the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs cannot certify existing railroad conductor training programs, which is typically 14 to 22 weeks of training, because federal guidelines require 26 weeks of training.