Military Friendly?

Welcome to the blog site of The purpose of the blog is to provide our readers with a wide range of information to help you better understand what “Military Friendly” really means as it relates to higher education.  Why is this important? Since the passing of the Post 9/11 GI Bill in 2008, there has been a significant increase in overall college enrollments by student-veterans.  Additionally, there has been a mad rush by colleges and universities to get their share of the veteran-student market by making claims and assertions their institutions are Military Friendly.

The new Post 9/11 GI Bill is the most robust veteran educational benefit enacted since the passing of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944. The enhancements of the Post 9/11 GI Bill not only provides for the payment of tuition and fees paid directly to the institution, it also provides for monthly living expenses and a textbook stipend paid to the veteran. An addition to the Post 9/11 GI Bill is the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows private colleges to partner with the Department of Veteran Affairs in a cost-sharing program, providing a pathway for the payment of any uncovered tuition and fee balance not covered by the base Post 9/11 benefit of the Yellow Ribbon eligible veteran through a cost-sharing program.

Due to the enhancements made to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, colleges and universities, across the nation are seeing marked increases in enrollments of student-veterans similar in proportion to those following WWII. In 2009 34,393 veterans took advantage of the new Post 9/11 GI Bill. As of 2011, the number of veterans using Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits increased to 555,329, a 1600% increase in veteran-student enrollments. Colleges and universities were ill prepared to fully support their growing student-veteran population.

Various media outlets have also jumped into the mix by implementing ranking methodologies intended to rank and select those schools they feel are “Military Friendly” with the goal of helping The Internet is riddled with sites, organizations, and institutions claiming to be “Military Friendly” and asserting that they truly have the best interests of service members, veterans, and military dependents at heart. Sadly, this is simply not the case. All this has succeeded in doing, is to make the process of finding a college or university to attend, even more daunting than it was previously.

Every month we will cover topics to help military-service members, transitioning veterans, military dependents, and anyone interested in truly supporting this student-body. The information we will provide will help you make your own decision as to what institutions are truly “Military Friendly”.  We will cover topics on the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding; President Obama’s Executive Order 13607 establishing his “principles of excellence”; the department of Veteran’s Affairs “8 Key’s to Success”; student service programs tailored for transitioning veterans; transfer credits for military training and education; transferring your benefits to your spouse and/or children; how to maximize your benefits; and finally, we will provide current information that affect military-related educational benefits.

You worked hard to get the benefits you deserve. Our goal is to allow you to leverage these benefits to earn your college degree at an institution that respects and honors your service, and is truly “Military Friendly”.

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