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Dayton wants expanded GI bill and reimbursement for vet funeral honor guards

On the eve of Veterans Day, Gov. Mark Dayton said he will expand the state’s GI Bill to include job training and education benefits for veterans who served before 9/11.

Dayton and Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito said the GI Bill program will be expanded to include Vietnam, Gulf War and peacetime veterans, who may get up to $1,000 per semester when other benefits have expired. It had covered only those who served after the terror attacks of 2001.

There is money already in the budget to pay the added cost, about $1 million a year, the governor said.

He also said he’ll seek permanent funding for a program to reimburse honor guards at veterans’ funerals. Funding for that ended last fiscal year.

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