Ex-Soldier Seeks Change In How U of North Carolina Treats Veterans

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A veteran of the war in Iraq who says she was denied in-state tuition when she applied to a school in the University of North Carolina system wants its leaders to change the way student veterans are handled.

Hayleigh Perez on Thursday delivered a petition containing more than 145,000 signatures to the UNC Board of Governors in Chapel Hill.

"It is my hope today for this petition to show the UNC school system that American citizens, 145,000-plus, stand behind their student veterans," Perez said.

Perez, who is now enrolled at Methodist University in Fayetteville, met privately with UNC system chief of staff Kevin Fitzgerald, who met her at the door to take in the petitions.

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