Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015|1:09 p.m.
. When Dannia Ramos registered to study marketing at UNLV after 8 years serving in the Air Force, her GI advantages assisted cover the expense of tuition and books.
But they didn’t help spend for child care for her 2 young kids, requiring Ramos and her spouse, likewise a student veteran at UNLV, to stagger their schedules so someone was always with the children.
“My partner would get home from school at 3 p.m., and typically I would satisfy him on our driveway,” stated Ramos, a senior and president of the UNLV Rebel Women Vets organization. “We only had time to do a high 5 as we exchanged our adult functions for a book bag.”
Congresswoman Dina Titus is seeking to offer some relief for student veterans with families through a new expense she’s presented that would allow GI benefits to also cover child care. Titus, D-Nev., revealed the costs at a preschool on UNLV’s school today to a crowd of veterans, school authorities and children.
“We have actually got to deal with the fact that ladies veterans are enhancing in number. They have special education, health care and other kinds of needs like child care,” Titus stated. “We need to have the VA recognize that, accept it and do something about it.”
The “Support for Student Veterans with Family Acts” would produce a program through the Department of Veterans affairs to offer grants to colleges and universities to money childcare services for veterans on campus. The money might be utilized to develop brand-new facilities, expand class sizes and even offer direct aid to veterans purchasing day care, Titus stated.
Funding the program could show an insurmountable difficulty in a Congress gridlocked by partisanship. Titus stated she didn’t want existing funding for GI benefits being diverted to support the new program.
However she was optimistic the costs might discover bipartisan assistance because it handles veteran and household issues.
UNLV has more than 950 students enrolled utilizing the GI costs. Statewide, there are about 22,000 female veterans, Titus stated.
UNLV has currently taken steps making itself more experienced friendly by providing in-state tuition to all honorably discharged servicemembers and producing customized programs like the “Troops to Educators” initiative.
“It is our commitment as a state … to return to you,” Board of Regents Chairman Rick Trachok told veterans in the crowd.