Senator JJ Dossett, D-Owasso
Many of you know that in addition to being a former teacher, I am also a member of the Oklahoma Air National Guard. Here in the Senate, I am a member of the Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs Committee, and I am also honored to be Senate Co-Chair of the Veterans Legislative Caucus – a bicameral, bipartisan group of legislators who have served in the military. . , and some, like me, who are still active in the reserves.
Our caucus works with the Oklahoma National Guard and with charitable groups to find ways to support their mission to help veterans through public policy and resource coordination, and we work here on Capitol Hill to help identify and advocate for legislation that expands these efforts. One of the things that makes me so proud to serve in the Legislative Assembly is the overwhelming support we tend to receive for such issues.
This session, I am proud to be the author of Senate Bill 1213, the Oklahoma National Guard CareerTech Assistance Act. This measure would create a program to provide tuition assistance to eligible Guard members who enroll in a technology center school.
Under this legislation, the amount of assistance would be equal to tuition and fees for a program leading to certification or licensure not exceeding three years, subject to the availability of funds. The bill establishes eligibility for this program and the conditions for maintaining eligibility. It also stipulates that a member who does not maintain satisfactory participation in the Guard is required to repay the amount of assistance.