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Lawmaker asks for stronger G.I. Bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A key lawmaker is asking colleagues to support his plan to strengthen higher education benefits for Wisconsin veterans.

Rep. Steve Hilgenberg, a Dodgeville Democrat, says he is upset veterans are being forced to exhaust a new federal education benefit before tapping the Wisconsin G.I. Bill to pay tuition.

He says it's unfair that credits paid for by the federal program count against their state benefits, which are limited to 128 credits.

Hilgenberg's plan would give veterans up to 64 credits of free tuition through the Wisconsin G.I. Bill after they use their federal benefits. He says the change would keep more veterans in state and allow them greater flexibility, including the ability to attend graduate school.

Hilgenberg chairs the Assembly committee on veterans and military affairs.

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