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A Lafayette disabled veteran is worried about how Indiana Senate Bill 216 will affect his family

SB 216 provided all children of disabled veterans a benefit of free tuition and fees for higher education. With the new update, there's now an age limit.

Posted: Jun 16, 2019 11:32 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 10:05 AM

UPDATE: State officials responded to some of the questions about bill affecting children of disabled veteran's higher education

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — An update to an Indiana Senate Bill has a local Lafayette resident concerned about his family's future.

“Why did you do this? Why did you remove this benefit? And why did you not consider all those people who have been beneficiaries of this provision,” said Michael Teninty, a disabled veteran who's affected by Senate Bill 216.

These are the questions Teninty has been trying to get answered since the update to SB 216. The bill provided all children of disabled veterans a benefit of free tuition and fees for higher education. With the new update, there's now an age limit.

“They added an age limit of 32 years old and 32 sounds like an acceptable age to put an age limit down but they didn't add any type of grandfather clause,” said Teninty.

Teninty's worried about how this bill will affect his oldest son.

“My son is 31 years old and he turns 32 in August,” said Teninty. “His ability to use this benefit has been drastically reduced.”

Teninty's son is finishing 10 years in the military this year. He already used his own military education benefits as an ROTC student. He planned to use his father's benefits to go back to college after the military.

“He still has available to him the tuition assistance but that doesn't pay for everything for his post-secondary education,” said Teninty.

We reached out to Senator Phil Boots who authored the bill. He has not responded. For now, Teninty will continue waiting for answers.

“I'm not talking just about my son. I'm talking about those Indiana veterans all over Indiana whose children are already age 32 and above. They lose the benefit period and so I don't want to see that happen,” said Teninty.

The new update to SB 216 will take effect on July 1st.

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