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H.R. 6766 - Veterans Resource Center Act of 2018

Introduced: 2018-09-10
Bill Status: Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6766


    To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants to public institutions of higher education for the establishment of Veterans Resource Centers, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 10, 2018

    Mr. Panetta (for himself and Mr. Bacon) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

    To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants to public institutions of higher education for the establishment of Veterans Resource Centers, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Veterans Resource Center Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Grants for Veterans Resource Centers at public institutions of higher education.

(a) Grants authorized.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall carry out a program under which the Secretary makes grants, on a competitive basis, to public institutions of higher education to enable such institutions to establish and maintain Veterans Resource Centers as described in subsection (d).

(b) Applications.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a public institution of higher education shall submit to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(c) Priority registration.—As a condition of receiving a grant under this section, a public institution of higher education that offers priority course registration to any subgroup of students who are in a class year shall offer priority course registration to military-connected students who are in such class year.

(d) Veterans Resource Center.—A public institution of higher education that receives a grant under this section shall use the grant to establish, maintain, and provide services from a Veterans Resource Center on the grounds of the institution. Each Veterans Resource Center shall be a dedicated space where military-connected students can—

(1) socialize with each other;

(2) meet with relevant individuals and organizations, including representatives of the Armed Forces, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Organizations, and military student advocates; and

(3) engage in such other activities as may benefit the student, as determined by the institution.

(e) Grant duration and amount.—

(1) DURATION.—Each grant under this section shall be made for a period of 5 years.

(2) AMOUNT.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall determine the maximum amount of each grant under this section.

(f) Supplement, not supplant.—A public institution of higher education shall use a grant received under this section only to supplement funds that would, in the absence of such grant, be made available from other Federal, State, or local sources for activities supported by the grant, not to supplant such funds.

SEC. 3. Priority recruiting and access.

To the extent determined to be appropriate by the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary shall ensure that covered institutions receive priority access to military installations for purposes of recruiting students, including students eligible for the Transition Assistance Program under section 1144 of title 10, United States Code.

SEC. 4. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) The term “Armed Forces” has the meaning given that term in section 101(a) of title 10, United States Code.

(2) The term “covered institution” means a public institution of higher education that—

(A) has a Veterans Resource Center (as described in section 2(d)); and

(B) offers priority course registration to military-connected students (as described in section 2(c)).

(3) The term “institution of higher education” has the meaning given that term in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)).

(4) The term “military-connected student” means a student who is a member of the Armed Forces or a veteran.

(5) The term “veteran” has the meaning given that term in section 101(2) of title 38, United States Code.


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