San Diego’s mayoral candidates have courted the city’s veterans by outlining jobs plans, highlighting military experience and boasting of legislative victories.

At a recent candidates’ forum, Congressman Bob Filner touted legislation he said he authored that expanded education benefits for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“There are 700,000 of those veterans in college right now and it was one of the achievements that I’ve had,” Filner said. “I’m looking forward to apply that kind of leadership to the city of San Diego.”

In this edition of Fact Check TV, Scott Lewis takes a closer look at the legislation Filner cited and explains whether his 700,000 figure accurately describes its impact.

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