By Rob Bluey
A new bill introduced in Congress last week would provide more educational choice for military families. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., allows military families to open an education savings account for funding a child’s education expenses. The money could be used for private school tuition, textbooks, online classes, private tutoring, and college tuition. Banks spoke to The Daily Signal about his proposal. An edited transcript is below.
Rob Bluey: You’re the most recently deployed member of Congress after your service in Afghanistan. Can you tell us about growing up in Indiana and why you decided to join the Navy Reserve?
Banks: Both of my grandfathers served in the Army. My brother served for 10 years in the Air Force. My story, even related to the military, is fairly unique because it was a little bit later in life when I decided that I needed to get serious about serving in the military. I always had a desperate interest and desire to serve, but I was about 30, 31-years-old when I was commissioned as a Navy Reserve officer.
At the time, though, I was already a sitting Indiana state senator, so it was a juggling act. I was married and my wife and I had young children at the time, but my desire to serve grew the older I got. But the older I got, the more closer I realized I was to the date when I wasn’t eligible anymore, which would have been 35-years-old.
I joined the Navy Reserves, was commissioned, was an Indiana state senator, which is a part-time job. We have sessions the first few months of the year, and I completed my training, which took about two years, was recently promoted to a lieutenant junior grade.
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