Congresswoman Lois Frankel chose the Veterans Success Center at Palm Beach State College to tout a bill to create veteran student centers across the U.S.
Frankel re-introduced the bill March 11 with Florida Republican Congressman Gus Bilirakis. They envision the centers helping college student veterans transition from military to civilian life, Frankel said in a statement.
The Veterans Education Empowerment Act “reauthorizes and improves a grant through the Department of Education for colleges and universities that register a significant number of veterans,” according to the statement.
Joining Frankel, whose son Ben is a Marine Corps veteran, was Matthew Watkins, manager of Veteran Affairs at Palm Beach State. The college opened a new Veterans Success Center on the Lake Worth campus last year. PBSC also has veterans’ centers on the Boca Raton and Palm Beaches just designated.
Palm Beach State has just been designated a Gold “Top 10” Military Friendly School, the highest level. That increased the college’s rank from seventh to fourth among large public postsecondary institutions in the U.S. In Military Times’ 2019 Best for Vets: Colleges list, PBSC moved up from eighth to seventh among two-year institutions.