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Veterans taking advantage of GI Bill

GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- Since the federal government's post 9/11 GI bill went into effect last summer, lots of veterans are taking advantage of it.

Tuition will likely be paid in full for those who serve at least 36 months.

Veterans can also receive a monthly housing allowance and even money for books.

But this veterans' service officer says the federal program is impacting the state-run one.

"Even though they're using the federal dollars and the federal benefit, right now the state is reducing their eligibility credit for credit even though they're not using the state benefit. Many veterans, myself included, think that's unfair," said veteran's service officer Scott Berger.

That means the 2 years paid tuition typically guaranteed by the state may not be there once a veteran graduates.

The veterans' service officer says this is a problem especially in today's economy.

For example, if someone loses their job, and needs more training or additional education, they may not be able to receive benefits.

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