Warren High School students testify in Austin on “Student to Soldier” bill

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April 20, 2017

Two Warren HS students witnessed state government firsthand by testifying before the Texas Senate Veteran Affairs and Border Security Committee on a “Student to Soldier” bill. The students were in Austin testifying on SB 1152, a bill drafted by Warren HS Assistant Principal Venissia Villarreal in conjunction with Senator Jose Menendez, which would allow students to choose the Career Readiness path by enlisting in the military.

“Students planning to join a branch of the military are not supported under current Texas Statute regarding excused absences,” Villarreal said. “High school students pursuing enlistment into the Armed Services are penalized in attendance for fulfilling required appointments for enlistment; however, high school students are allowed up to two days to visit colleges and universities.”

SB1152 would allow a district to excuse a student who is 17 years of age or older for up to four days for the entirety of their high school career from attending school to pursue enlistment in a branch of the armed services of the U.S. or Texas National Guard.

“Words cannot describe the immense pride of witnessing our fearless students testifying before the committee members,” Villarreal said. “Several of the Senators came out afterwards to congratulate and recognize them.”

HB 2796 is the companion bill in the House, and is currently in the Public Education Committee.  Click here to view a news story about their efforts.

Pictured are Clarissa Milner and Albert Duran who have taken the oath to serve and protect our country following graduation by enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces.