Gov. Cuomo: NY to waive tuition for fallen service members’ kids

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FORT CARSON, CO – JUNE 15: A soldier salutes the flag during a welcome home ceremony for troops arriving from Afghanistan on June 15, 2011 to Fort Carson, Colorado. More than 500 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team returned home following a year of heavy fighting and high casualties in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province. […]

NEW YORK (AP) – New York state will grant free state tuition and room and board to the families of New York military members who are killed or disabled while on duty.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the move Wednesday, days after Republican lawmakers accused the Democrat-led state Assembly of blocking legislation to expand scholarships for Gold Star families.

Cuomo said there’s no need to wait for lawmakers to act, so he has directed education officials to begin covering tuition costs for dependents of fallen or permanently disabled service members.

The state already covered tuition for dependents of service members killed or disabled in combat or in training – but that didn’t cover all military deaths or injuries.

Cuomo says the expansion will cost “several million dollars” but that it’s a small price to honor Gold Star families.

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