December 19, 2012

Kevin Lawlor, 301-686-8025 /

APSCU Applauds Senate Passage of Veterans' Education Bill

Washington, D.C. – Former Congressman Steve Gunderson, the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) today issued the following statement applauding Senate passage of the Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2012 (H.R. 4057):

"APSCU is proud to provide continued support for H.R. 4057, as amended, sponsored by Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) in the House and steered through the Senate by Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair, Patty Murray (D-WA). We applaud the Senate for passing the bill today and encourage the House to quickly pass the amended version for signature by the President. We also thank the leaders of the Senate and House Veterans' Affairs Committees for their work on this important legislation.

"Earlier this year, APSCU, along with a broad coalition of veteran advocates, sent a letter to House and Senate leaders and the Obama Administration advocating for improvements to educational counseling for veterans, and a formal process within the Department of Veterans Affairs to track and publish feedback from veterans about institutions of higher education on issues ranging from instructional quality to recruiting practices. We are pleased to see our framework reflected in this bipartisan legislation."

Since the enactment of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, no less than 212,000 veterans, spouses and dependents have chosen to attend private sector colleges and universities. We are proud to provide our nation's heroes with flexible, career-driven educational programs to help ease their transition back to civilian life."

We are appreciative of the veteran service organizations for their efforts to make this important legislation a reality. This is a good example of how we can all work together to ensure all students have the resources and support they need to make the best academic decisions."



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