Veterans deserve free tuition and respect

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    The new GI Bill that allows veterans who have served on active duty for at least 36 months since Sept. 11 is a sorely needed piece of legislation.

    The bill, which went into effect Aug. 1, gives these veterans the chance to attend a college without worrying about the cost of tuition by increasing the maximum amount that they can receive in aid.

    The university’s hourly tuition is lower than the maximum amount allowed in Texas. This fixes the old limitations by covering the cost of universities like TCU completely. It also increases benefits as well as provides a housing and book allowance.

    It is unfortunate that it took this long for veterans to be offered an opportunity to attend universities without the burden of financial obligation. Many students complain about their loans, but they are not life and death. Veterans, on the other hand, have experienced things most college students can’t even dream of. A free ride to a university of their choice should have always been a reward for their service.

    Those that have served in the armed forces should not be denied the opportunity to pursue a higher education simply because they can’t afford it.

    Most of the students taking advantage of the bill to return to school are older than most college students. In return for their work serving the country, it becomes the job of current students to welcome these veterans into the school regardless of their opinions on the wars.

    Opinion editor Libby Davis for the editorial board.