Starting Monday, thousands of U.S. military men and women now have the chance to give a member of their family a full ride to college.
Those who qualify for the expanded G.I. Bill will have the option to transfer those benefits to a spouse or child.
The transferred benefits would include the full cost of tuition, books and a spending stipend. The initiative is expected to cost taxpayers $52 billion during the next ten years.
Another new provision, named in honor of a local fallen Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry, covers the full cost of a college education for all children who have a parent die in active duty.
Sgt. Fry, of Lorena, died in Iraq three years ago.
U.S. Congressman Chet Edwards introduced the Fry Bill that became law earlier this year.