Ruth Zalph: Free education for vets

May 13, 2014 

Regarding the May 9 news article “ Officials laud vet tuition proposal”: This is just a baby step toward providing veterans the opportunity to go to state universities and community colleges.

Whether the vets are in state or out of state should make no difference. North Carolina needs a large number of professional and white-collar workers. Gov. Pat McCrory’s plan is too restrictive and offers $7,500, the difference between in- and out-of-state tuition, a mere pittance of college annual tuition.

All veterans have put their lives on the line to protect our country and now should have the opportunity to reach their educational potential and serve our state and country in civilian life without incurring years of debt. Their education should be free. Cut all the wasteful military spending and provide free advance education to all our veterans.

Ruth Zalph, Chapel Hill

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