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Oregon bill proposes tuition-aid for National Guard members

SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon Legislature has sent a bill to the governor that would help Oregon National Guard members who are called up for short term duty while attending a state college.

State Representative Teresa Alonso Leon says the bill helps with the financial cost. Short term callups can be for things like fighting wildfires. If they’re called up for less than 30 days they can turn in assignments late or take tests they missed without penalty. If they have to re-take a course, the cost of the course is waived. A previous law already covers callups longer than 30 days.

The bill now goes to Governor Kate Brown.

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