Marlene Tromp

Dr. Marlene Tromp

Several Idaho lawmakers were concerned that an expiring federal grant might mean cuts in veterans services at Boise State University, but after a meeting with BSU President Marlene Tromp today, they learned all services still will be covered plus some. “They basically have figured out a way to I think not only maintain services, but probably improve them,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R-Boise. “She was open and gracious, and she has personal understanding of veterans’ needs from her own family. And I think she’s well committed to it.”

Marv Hagedorn, administrator of the Idaho Division of Veterans Services, who joined Winder, Tromp and BSU officials at the hour-long meeting Friday, said, “I felt very comfortable, and I think Sen. Winder felt very comfortable when we left the meeting, and so did the president. … I was impressed with her credentials and her background and her passion.”

Hagedorn said numerous lawmakers had been hearing concerns from local veterans. On Friday, he sent an email to all those who had contacted him letting them know that the services are covered. “Sen. Winder and I decided, well, let’s just go in and find out what’s going on,” he said. You can read my full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up Saturday’s edition of the Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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