Chicago plan aids vets with college cash

Nov. 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

CHICAGO, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said veterans returning to the city will get a scholarship of up to $1,000 to attend city colleges.

Emanuel unveiled the "Returning Veterans Initiative" aimed at reducing unemployment among veterans. In addition to the school stipend, Emanuel ordered colleges to offer credits for military training comparable to college coursework and counseling services to ease the transition to civilian life, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.

The scholarship will be given to veterans in each of the academic years necessary to complete a college degree at one of the seven Chicago City Colleges.

Each of the schools will create a benefits center, where veterans can get help with job placement, veterans benefit enrollment and financial aid.

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