Many colleges and universities call themselves “military friendly," but which are truly supportive and which are simply unscrupulous?
Although the post-9/11 G.I. Bill will help finance the educations of more than 606,000 individuals over the next fiscal year, according to the VA, some former military members say it's a struggle to find a school that adequately supports their needs.
Some schools are well-intentioned, offering counseling, special courses and other services for active duty service members and veterans. But others have been accused of inflating these offerings just to take advantage of those G.I. Bill benefits. For-profit schools, in particular, have come under fire.
Just last week, the company behind GIBill.com was ordered to hand the site over to the federal government. The site is accused of misleading veterans to believe it was an official government site, while primarily feeding their information to for-profit colleges.
What's more, President Barack Obama signed an executive order in April that aims to protect veterans from aggressive college recruiters. He also ordered that the phrase “G.I. Bill” be trademarked so it can’t be abused.
Are we doing enough to protect service members on their quest for a higher education? We want to hear from you. Are you a service member or veteran in college, or one who is planning to attend? What has your experience been like? Use the comment thread below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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