Stop Discriminating Against Student Veterans
  • Petición dirigida a: H. Frank Grainger

Esta petición será entregada a:

Board of Governors, Vice Chairman
H. Frank Grainger
Board of Governors, Secretary
Ann B. Goodnight
Board of Governors
Peaches Gunter Blank
Board of Governors
Laura W. Buffaloe
Board of Governors
Hannah D. Gage
Board of Governors
Irvin A. Roseman
UNC Board of Governors
UNC Chief of Staff
Kevin M. FitzGerald
Secretary of the University
Bart Corgnati
Executive Assistant to the President
Celeste Parrish
Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff
Kathy Jones
Board of Governors, Chairman
Peter D. Hans
Vice President for Communications
Joni Worthington

Stop Discriminating Against Student Veterans

    1. Hayleigh Perez
    2. Petición creada por

      Hayleigh Perez

      Raeford, NC

After I served in the United States Army for 4 years, I decided to continue my education and study to become a physicians assistant. Little did I know that the UNC system would ignore the GI Bill tuition benefits I earned through my 4 years of service in the US Army and force me to pay out-of-state tuition.

I enlisted into the US Army in 2005, and was trained as a radiology technologist. I was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and then deployed to Camp Bucca, Iraq for 15 months. I met my husband, Jose Perez-Rodriguez, while we were both serving and together we bought a home in North Carolina. We relocated to Texas on military assignment where I achieved the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged in 2009. During this entire time, we continued to pay property taxes on our home in North Carolina and never considered Texas our new “home.” We were simply living there temporarily on orders from the United States Army.

My husband, still an active duty service member, got orders that took him back to North Carolina in April 2012. I applied to several schools in the Fort Bragg area and was accepted at both Fayetteville State University (UNC’s FSU) and University of North Carolina Pembroke (UNCP). UNCP was the obvious choice for me because of the availability of a specific class and the class schedule- I am also raising our daughter in addition to working towards my masters.

However, I found out that while UNC’s FSU characterized me as an “in-state resident for tuition purposes,” UNCP did not. This means that I cannot fully use the Post 9/11-GI Bill I earned from my 4 years of service at UNCP to pay for my tuition because the bill only covers in-state tuition. I immediately appealed the ruling but was met with hostility and aggression.

I believed it would be simple to have the decision reversed due to several factors that make me a legal resident of NC: my husband and I own our home in Raeford, NC, we continued to pay property taxes on during our service in Texas and the fact that we only left the state due to military orders. I chose to make North Carolina my home and when the Army took us away we fought to return. I believe that the UNC system took advantage of my situation and discriminated against me as a Veteran to pocket $4,603.50; the difference not covered by my Post 9/11 GI Bill.

I am not the only veteran this is affecting. Hundreds of thousands of veterans across the country are facing an arduous battle proving their residency to a state- because of the unique circumstances that encompass our military duties. Thus, I- along with the Student Veterans Advocacy Group- am calling on the UNC Board of Governors and President to issue a mandate to all UNC schools telling them to properly implement the rules for labeling veterans as in-state students and force an in-depth review of each veteran or dependent. We need and deserve the Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits WE have rightfully earned through blood, sweat, and often tears.

For more info on the Student Veterans Advocacy Group: http://www.studentveteransadvocacygroup.org/

 

Últimas firmas

    Actualizaciones

    1. Federal Bill, HR 357 "The GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013",

      Hayleigh Perez
      Organizador de la petición

      Federal Bill, HR 357 "The GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013", finally bi-partisan support necessary to achieve success for this issue, not just in NC but Nationally! A step in the right direction for all Student Veterans!

    2. Alcanzadas 150.000 firmas
    3. Robin Sax Discusses Hayleigh Perez Tuition Case

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Hayleigh Perez spent 14 months in Iraq and aside from that, the only time she lived out of state was during the six months that her husband was stationed in Texas.

      Perez and her husband own a house in North Carolina ..and they pay property taxes there.

      Even so, she was told she didn't qualify for in-state tuition because she didn't pay state income taxes while she was in Iraq and Texas.

      Robin Sax is our legal analyst, and give her take on this case.

      Robin Sax Discusses Hayleigh Perez Tuition Case

      Robin Sax Discusses Hayleigh Perez Tuition Case Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 11:42 AM EST Updated: Monday, October 22, 2012 12:34 PM EST Hayleigh Perez spent 14 months in Iraq and aside from that, the only time she lived out of state was during the six months that her husband was stationed in Texas.

    4. NBC News: Home but not a 'resident': Some student veterans fighting to stay

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      "Some 250,000 student veterans are being forced to pay $10,000 for tuition each academic year because many colleges are misclassifying the residency status of those veterans — often for the schools’ own financial gain — according to a student veterans organization."

      Home but not a 'resident': Some student veterans fighting to stay on GI Bill

      courtesy of Hayleigh Perez Some 250,000 student veterans are being forced to pay $10,000 for tuition each academic year because many colleges are misclassifying the residency status of those veterans - often for the schools' own financial gain - according to a student veterans organization.

    5. Meeting with UNC VP Tuesday of this week. After the meeting concluded...

      Hayleigh Perez
      Organizador de la petición

      we stood on the front steps and the VP came bursting through the front door with an article published on FOXNEWS.COM in hand and waved it around irately and yelled at Jason and myself. This display of unprofessional behavior is something I find displayed often through my experiences and others accounts with the UNC school system. The Student Veterans Advocacy Group to include myself has requested a meeting with the UNC Board of Governors for next week. It is my hope that we together can implement a system for determining residency at a standard location for all campuses within the school system to insure that the General Statutes are upheld and not interpreted in a “gray” manner (as stated in our meeting by UNC staff). I would also like to see those who treat student Veterans and/or their dependents in an unprofessional or unequal manner be held accountable. I will continue to fight the good fight, not for myself but for all Veterans and their dependents. Thank you for the support!

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    6. Alcanzadas 100.000 firmas
    7. Thank you for the support!

      Hayleigh Perez
      Organizador de la petición

      “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
      – Theodore Roosevelt

    8. Alcanzadas 100 firmas

    Apoyos

    • Justin Parkhill FAYETTEVILLE, NC
      • hace 3 días

      I'm dealing with this same issue here in San Diego, CA. I was stationed in Fort Bragg for 4 years as an 11b, did 2 deployments to afghanistan, and when I ets, I went back to my home of record (California). Now they want proof that I am a resident of california and even after I've given proof, I'm still battling with them.

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    • VALENCIA COLLIER NEW YORK, NY
      • hace 10 días

      I HATE DISCRIMINATION! And because they served our country without hesitation and deserve ALL we can offer back for that service!

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    • Deborah Nelson MURPHY, TX
      • hace alrededor de 1 mes

      Do not mistreat our veterans especially when they are residence of your state. UNC was very in hospitable to my son, at school, became a resident , voted, changed Drivers Lics , paid taxes, married along term resident , worked in NC and still could never change from out of state to in state ( before he was married he was the son of a Veteran). But this case is worse - already a resident but because of military service you refuse to welcome her back. UNC shame on you!

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    • Trung Nguyen AUSTIN, TX
      • hace alrededor de 1 mes

      Please make it easier for our veterans to receive higher education ...

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    • San Meland DOWNERSGROVE, IL
      • hace alrededor de 1 mes

      Quit cheating our vets

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