Louisiana colleges and universities could soon be able to earn a new designation for making their campuses more friendly to military veterans.

House Bill 485, which passed the Senate on Wednesday but must return to the House before it makes its way out of the State Capitol, would allow colleges and universities to apply annually to the state Board of Regents to receive the “Governor’s Veterans Friendly Campus Designation.”

To earn the VETS Campus designation, schools would have to create special orientation and recruitment programs tailored to veterans, as well as workshops, policies and other support services. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing the proposal.

Iowa and Tennessee each created veteran-friendly designation programs last year for colleges and universities.

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