In a time of economic hardship, meeting financial obligations in full removes one major concern. The problem, however, is too many schools believe their work in embracing veterans begins and ends with the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Many colleges and universities call themselves "veteran-friendly." Although being friendly is a noble virtue, it often falls short of the measures that can actually lead to a vet's success after graduation.
Academia attracts few veterans. School officials across the state seem at a loss on how to implement the somewhat vague plan, disinterested in implementation or totally unaware that a plan even exists.
The New GI Bill is a great tool to help transform the New Greatest Generation of service members into a new generation of scholars, entrepreneurs, citizens and civilian leaders. It is only fair that we evolve this benefit and improve the impact of this investment in those who have fought.
Low pay scales, frequent relocation costs and other financial challenges sometimes cause military families to fall behind on bill payments or even be victimized by predatory lenders. Ultimately, these practices could jeopardize someone's security clearance or even trigger a discharge.
Veterans who do attend competitive institutions are usually highly successful. These young men and women are motivated, focused, and efficient at time management. They not only excel academically, but enhance the general academic environment.
As all eyes turn to Capitol Hill tonight for the State of the Union address, I'll join 20 fellow Iraq vets on the House floor and millions nationwide and overseas who are looking for crucial promises from the president.
We need to seriously reconsider whether for-profit colleges give us the greatest return on our investment in the 21st Century GI Bill. There are plenty of reasons to doubt that they provide the quality education our veterans deserve.