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Pennsylvania moves to expand National Guard college aid to families

The Associated Press
Members of the 109th Field Artillery National Guard Company  march thru downtown Wilkes Barre Pa during the Wyoming Valley Veterans Parade in Wilkes Barre, Pa., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. (Dave Scherbenco/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

HARRISBURG – Legislation is on the move to extend the Pennsylvania National Guard’s higher education benefits to family members.

Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement Tuesday that he supports the bill and urged the Senate to pass it. The bill passed the House unanimously on Monday.

Under the bill, a Pennsylvania National Guard member who signs up for a six-year re-enlistment can pass along the service’s higher education benefit to a spouse or a child.

The benefit provides for up to 10 semesters or five years’ equivalent of the in-state rate at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university, or that assistance can go toward an institution of higher education that’s approved by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.