Nine students from Fort Hays State University won scholarships for attending the inauguration ceremony of President Mirta M. Martin.
Kate Lehman, Newton senior, an elementary education major, received the $1,000 scholarship, half in a check and half in a University Bookstore gift card.
The $500 University Bookstore scholarship winners are listed alphabetically.
* Kayla Bartlett-Steede, a Hays senior majoring in graphic design.
* Kregg Clarke, a Lyons junior majoring in management.
* Aaron Evinger, a Dodge City junior majoring in political science.
* Loretta Lauer, a Pawnee Rock junior majoring in human resources.
* Wenkai Shu, a Guangzhou, China, sophomore.
* Laura Stinebaugh, a Quenemo sophomore majoring in interior design.
* Marina Uribe, a Great Bend junior majoring in speech-language pathology.
* Thalia Viana, a Garden City junior majoring in marketing.
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., introduced bipartisan legislation to make sure wounded veterans who work for the federal government can get the medical care they need.
Tester and Moran's bill, the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, would provide first-year federal workers who have service-related disabilities 104 hours of sick leave to use for medical visits.
Currently, first-year government workers accrue four hours of sick leave each pay period, forcing many veterans with disabilities to take unpaid leave because they have not built up the necessary leave time.
"Service-disabled veterans who have served our nation with duty and honor deserve peace of mind when transitioning into the federal workforce and civilian life," Moran said. "The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act will help make sure certain veterans can pursue a career in the federal government and support their families while also addressing their medical treatment needs."
"Men and women who serve our country in battle and again for a federal agency shouldn't be reaching into their own pockets to treat service-related injuries," Tester said. "Many of these injuries require time-consuming care, and this common-sense bill makes sure veterans can get the care they need while better honoring our commitment to those who wear the uniform."
The bill supports first-year federal employees with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more. It would cover first-year employees whether their disability occurred in combat or not.
Tester and Moran's bill is supported by the American Legion, the American Federation of Government Employees, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National Treasury Employees Union, among others.
Tester and Moran are members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. Their Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act is available online. Similar legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives.