Ricketts hails new tuition benefits for Nebraska Guard

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts on Thursday lauded a new law that will help Nebraska National Guard members save some money when they attend a state university of college.

The law passed earlier this year will increase the amount of undergraduate tuition assistance for Guard members from 75% to 100% of the cost. It also will expand the program to include 50% tuition assistance for graduate programs.

Ricketts praised the work of the Guard during a ceremonial bill signing at the Capitol. He pointed to the Guard's response to last year's record floods in Nebraska and its help this year in testing residents for the coronavirus.

Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, the adjutant general of the Nebraska National Guard, called the law as “a game-changer” that will help recruit and retain new members.