- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - An appeals court has upheld a clause in Texas law that limits veterans’ tuition benefits to vets who were Texas residents at the time of their enlistment.

In a 21-page opinion filed Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed a lower-court ruling that that the limits were unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. ruled that the University of Houston could not exclude student Keith Harris from certain benefits solely because he enlisted in the military outside Texas.

Harris grew up in Georgia but earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and attended law school there until his education benefits under the GI Bill ran out. He sought state benefits under the Hazlewood Act but was rejected.

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