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Veterans' College Enrollments Swell Under Post-9/11 GI Bill

By Hal Bernton
The Seattle Times, Seattle, Wash.

VANCOUVER, Wash. —

Brad Matera is an Afghan war veteran, an Army medic who got cut loose from the service last spring amid a broader downsizing of the military.

Matera, 22, looked for full-time work to support his wife and infant son, but found few prospects for a decent-paying job. Continue Reading

New GI Bill Expands Veterans’ Educational Opportunities

Service To School: Helping Veterans Get Into Top Schools

By Thomas Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu
Forbes

After serving in Iraq together, Tim Hsia and Augusto Giacoman returned home to pursue graduate degrees. Hsia enrolled in a joint law and business degree program at Stanford University in 2010, while Giacoman started business school at New York University in 2009. Both officers’ educations were mostly funded by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, a bill that provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Continue Reading

Veterans’ New Mission — Close the Military/Civilian Divide

Which Educational Benefits Are You Entitled To As a Veteran?

Veterans of the United States armed forces are eligible for a wide range of federal and state educational benefits. However, knowing which ones you’re entitled to and how to apply for them can be confusing.

Writer Ann Carrns helps point you in the right direction in this New York Times article:

After Military Service, Taking Advantage of Educational Benefits

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Veterans’ New Mission — Close the Military/Civilian Divide

The More You Know: Transitioning From Military Life

Kelly Ryan is American Military University’s Midwest Education Coordinator, which means she spends her days working with servicemembers and their families who are making the change from military to civilian life. For some, the transition can be discouraging as they’re faced with new decisions to make and new paths to follow.

As Kelly notes in this informative article for Military Spouse, many of those decisions involve education: where to go to school, what to study, how to sign up, and, of course, how to pay for it. Continue Reading

Veterans’ New Mission — Close the Military/Civilian Divide

For-Profit Colleges: An Attractive Choice for Career-Minded Veterans

More than a million veterans have used their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to cover education costs. Many of those men and women chose to attend for-profit institutions of higher learning.

But why? What do for-profit schools, such as American Military University (AMU), offer veterans that traditional state schools don’t?

John Aldrich, AMU’s associate vice president for military and community college outreach, has some answers in the following article posted at the RallyPoint website:

Education: It’s a Veteran’s Choice

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Where to Find Scholarships and Financial Aid for Veterans and Families

By Reyna Gobel
Contributor to Forbes

U.S. Navy veteran Bryan Fazio was getting ready to be deployed to the Middle East on the USS McClusky when doctors discovered a 15cm tumor in his chest. He wasn’t healthy enough for deployment, but he didn’t want to give up his dream of serving his country. For two years and multiple medical operations for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he helped coordinate training for artillery exercises, search and rescue missions, and security checks. Continue Reading

Veterans’ New Mission — Close the Military/Civilian Divide