Medina Bill Reauthorizing Critical Financial Aid Program for Servicemembers is Signed by Governor

Thursday, September 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, announced that his bill, AB 2722, which provides California Servicemembers with state-sponsored financial aid for pursuit of higher education, was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown.

AB 2722 reauthorizes a critical, state-sponsored education benefit currently afforded to California Servicemembers, makes needed programmatic improvements, removes the program’s July 2019 sunset date, and reconstitutes it as the California Military Department GI Bill. The original program, known as the Guard Education Assistance Award Program, provided financial aid for the achievement of a postsecondary degree and is the only educational benefit currently afforded to California National Guard members. AB 2722 builds upon this program to better meet the needs of our state’s Servicemembers.

“The passage of AB 2722 ensures that California continues to support our Servicemembers and their educational growth,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina. “We owe so much to those who protect California by providing emergency response for wildfires, floods, earthquakes, and search and rescue missions. AB 2722 helps ensure that California not only continues to recruit high quality individuals to our National Guard, but also supports our members’ long-term professional development.”

“AB 2722 is an investment in California,” said Major General Baldwin, The Adjutant General, California Military Department. “These education benefits granted to the California Military Department in AB 2272 will improve the readiness of our organization to respond to state emergencies and allow our citizen Soldiers and Airmen to improve their lives and contribute to the state’s economy. We are extremely grateful to Assembly Member Medina for authoring this bill, and to the Governor for signing it.”