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      Oregon lawmakers back in-state tuition for veterans

      SALEM, Ore. (AP) The state Legislature has voted to allow veterans nationwide to pay in-state tuition at Oregon's public universities.

      The House unanimously backed the measure on Wednesday, sending it to Gov. John Kitzhaber, who's expected to sign it.

      Lawmakers say the measure is a token of gratitude for people who have served the country.

      Oregon already gives a discount on nonresident tuition for veterans, but the Post 9/11 GI Bill only covers the cost of in-state tuition. As a result, many veterans who move to Oregon after leaving the military end up paying thousands of dollars out of pocket.

      The Department of Defense says 19 other states have similar policies.

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