Ex-soldier seeks change in how UNC treats veterans

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 4:11 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A veteran of the war in Iraq who says she was misclassified as an out-of-state resident when she applied to a North Carolina college is trying to compel the UNC system to change the way it treats student veterans. 

Hayleigh Perez on Thursday delivered a petition containing 145,000 signatures to the UNC Board of Governors.  

The 26-year-old Perez wanted to use her GI Bill to attend a UNC school to earn a master's degree. Perez says she was told she didn't qualify as a state resident when she applied to UNC Pembroke because she moved to Texas with her husband, who was serving active duty there. The couple was paying a mortgage and taxes on their home in Raeford.  

Perez now attends Methodist University, a private school in Fayetteville.
 

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