Wash U offering benefits to veterans - KMOV.com

Wash U offering benefits to veterans

St. Louis (KMOV) - Some veterans looking for a good career in life after the military are getting their tuition paid for at Washington University.

For one former soldier in the area, this benefit has had a huge impact on his life.

After risking and almost losing his life in Iraq, Captain Tod Stephens of Troy, Illinois, is now a Washington University MBA student.

The post-9/11 GI Bill Congress passed last year is the most extensive educational assistance program since the original GI Bill became law 65 years ago.

Washington University is one of more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country participating the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Stephens' $80,000 a year tuition is covered, which sends a clear message that his service to the country is appreciated.

Stephens is one of seven veterans in Washington University's business school. To get the free tuition, soldiers had to be active duty at least three years. Tod, based at Fort Hood, Texas served eight years, including three years in Iraq.

Stephens is excited about beginning a different kind of training. The kind that will land him a great job in business some day.

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