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Governor Snyder Signs National Guard Tuition Bills

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Governor Snyder signed bills Tuesday that will give free college tuition to Michigan residents who join the National Guard.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick was at the ceremony.

“That's what today was about, tuition assistance for soldiers.”

They called out the National Guard today for the bill signing ceremony that will get Michigan back in the game of offering free tuition for those who sign up.

"It’s back and it’s here to say. It’s a great opportunity to actually keep our servicemen in service,” said State Representative Bruce Rendon (r), Lake City.

Michigan was one of seven states that did not have a free college tuition program and with the governor’s signature on the bill, the tough job of recruiting may get easier.

“We’ve had our struggles, but this tuition bill that we signed today is going to go a long way to help us and assist us in recruiting the best and brightest,” said General Gregory Vadnais, Michigan National Guard Director.

The administration is stepping up its game plan to not only provide the college education, but to get companies to recruit those who get out of the service.

One business leader contends these returning troops bring something to the table.

“They bring a value system that takes years for a civilian company to install in their employees, loyalty, duty, honor, respect, courage (reporter: taking orders). Exactly, and they’re disciplined. They know how to get up in the morning, they know how to show up to work,” said Dave Dunckel, hires veterans.

Meanwhile on the war front, Michigan currently has 62 soldiers in Kuwait, which is very near Iraq.

And as the Middle East country struggles with its internal war, the general back in Michigan wonders what will the Michigan soldiers be asked to do, if anything.

“They are focusing a lot of their activities at any potential requirements that the Department of Defense may come up with,” said General Vadnais.

The general, however, is not ready to say the Black Hawk Aviation Unit from Michigan will end up in Baghdad.
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