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Russ Carnahan Visits Meramec to Discuss New Student Aid Resources

August 17, 2010

Carnahan addresses Meramec  
U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan addresses a gathering at STLCC-

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan recently visited the Meramec campus to discuss federal student loans and grants.

“A college education, we all know, is a key to better life for so many families in Missouri and across the country. Now, there is more help than ever before to realize that dream,” Carnahan said.

Sharing the stage with Carnahan were several students from area colleges and universities, including James Blehm, a second-year nursing student at Meramec.

Blehm, a veteran of the war in Iraq, has served in the Missouri National Guard for 10 years. After returning home from active duty in March 2009, he has been attending Meramec on the Post 9/11 GI Bill, also known as Chapter 33. Chapter 33 allows eligible veterans a benefit of 100 percent of tuition and fees at the school of the veteran’s choice, a monthly housing allowance, and a stipend up to $1,000 for books and supplies.

“The Chapter 33 bill sets me up for success for my future endeavors,” Blehm said, “That way I’m always taken care of and other veterans will always be taken care of so they don’t have to worry.”

James Blehm, Zerrie D. Campbell, Russ Carnahan  
Meramec student James Blehm; Zerrie D. Campbell, interim
president at Meramec; and U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.

Blehm credits St. Louis Community College with opening the door to his future.

“The classes are challenging and rewarding, and my instructors are helpful and very knowledgeable,” he said. “I will recommend the community college to others.”

Zerrie D. Campbell, interim president at Meramec, said: “St. Louis Community College has been the college of first choice for many veterans. The Post 9-11 GI Bill will provide financial aid and resources to help veterans like James achieve their goals after unselfishly providing service to their country. There is no substitute for a good education.”

For more information on federal student loans and grants, including the GI Bill, contact the Financial Aid office at the location of your choice.