RENO, Nev. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday vowed to protect veterans from aggressive for-profit colleges and predatory lenders while preserving the dominance of the U.S. military.

RENO, Nev. (AP) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday vowed to protect veterans from aggressive for-profit colleges and predatory lenders while preserving the dominance of the U.S. military.

The former secretary of state spoke at a historic VFW post in Reno before about 200 people and five panelists from the military community. She said her top priorities as president would include taking care of veterans when they return home.

Clinton argued for continuing the post-9/11 G.I. Bill and promised to veto any efforts to pare down its benefits. She said her plan to get veterans into school and the workforce included cracking down on for-profit colleges that can saddle former servicemembers with heavy debts.

Her plan called for closing the "90-10 loophole," which prevents colleges from deriving more than 90 percent of their revenue from federal financial aid. The 90 percent cap doesn't count Defense Department grants or VA benefits, which entices for-profit colleges to market to veterans.

Clinton also said she supported strengthening the Military Lending Act to prevent payday lenders from victimizing servicemembers.

Nevada's caucuses are a key early event in the path to the Democratic nomination, and the state is also expected to be one of a narrow range of swing states in the November 2016 election. Several presidential candidates scheduled campaign appearances in the state this week, including Republican Ben Carson and Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders.