Perry touts new law to give veterans college credit

Perry touts new law to give veterans college credit

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry answers a question during a campaign stop Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, in Houston. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White said Wednesday Republican Gov. Rick Perry was disrespecting Texas voters by refusing to debate him. White's criticism of Perry's refusal to debate him came on the deadline the governor gave the former Houston mayor to release all of his tax returns for the years he's been in public service. Perry, who is running for an unprecedented third full term, has said that unless White releases all of these financial documents, he won't square off with White in a televised debate.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on July 14, 2011 at 1:22 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Gov. Rick Perry has ceremonially signed a bill that will help veterans earn college diplomas more quickly.

He said Texas has a special duty to help because so many military bases and veterans are located in the state.

The new law helps vets get college credit for military training and will help them earn college degrees in less time while paying less tuition. Perry said that will help them transition from military to civilian life.

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the San Antonio Democrat who authored the legislation, joined Perry to tout the College Credit for Heroes program. She said while they are on opposite sides politically, they work hand-in-hand when it comes to military affairs.

The bill signing was only ceremonial. Perry signed the legislation into law last month.

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