Tennessee bill would give lottery scholarships to veterans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Honorably discharged Iraq and Afghanistan veterans could use lottery funds to attend college under legislation advancing in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Democrats Jim Kyle of Memphis and Joe Haynes of Goodlettsville was among bills that passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

The so-called "Helping Heroes Grant" would take a one-time amount of $25 million from lottery reserves and place it in an endowment.

Interest would then be used to fund grants up to $8,000 for four years at an institution of higher learning.

According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the state has more than $400 million in lottery reserves.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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