COLCHESTER, Vt. — Leaders of the Green Mountain Boys say recruits are being siphoned away by neighboring states because of Vermont’s low tuition reimbursement rate.

The Burlington Free Press reports ( ) that all other New England states provide full education benefits for members of the National Guard.

A tuition waiver bill in Vermont died in the Legislature for a lack of funding. The Guard estimates a full education benefit would cost about $750,000 a year and climb to about $1 million. That’s an increase from $250,000 currently available for limited tuition assistance.

Vermont National Guard 1st Sgt. Derek Laferriere did two tours in Iraq as a flight medic, and is currently studying to become a nurse. He said he’d receive full tuition reimbursement if he served in any other New England state.

Information from: The Burlington Free Press,