Veteran’s Day shines a light on the service of millions of former military personnel. But the holiday also highlights how those veterans are succeeding today. One group of veterans, student vets, have found some of the greatest success of all.
While student veterans are nothing new–their presence dating back to well before the introduction of the GI Bill–today’s student veterans are excelling in the classroom like no other generation has done; they’re branching out, they’re staying healthy, they’re using their resources, and most of all they’re excelling. Here’s a look at what they’re doing to succeed:
Defying the odds
While many adults struggle with going back to school after spending time in a career, student veterans have a way of finding their way back into the classroom no matter their circumstances. Only 15% of student veterans are traditionally aged college students, most of them being between the ages of 24 and 40, making it that much more impressive when a veteran does earn that degree. The key is that they find other students their age through clubs or national programs to relate with and work through problems with.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill has allowed students like Paul, a former Navy gunner’s mate, to go to school with minimal financial burden. With initiatives like these, veterans can get their tuition covered as well as books and housing. Veterans are also taking cost-saving measures like taking classes online or at a local school. Also, in a more recent development, veterans will soon be eligible for in-state tuition rates no matter where they go to school thanks to a new bill.
With a diligence only the military could instill, many student veterans are doing much more than just school work while in college. Almost half of student veterans are married, and about that same number have children, meaning that for veterans, returning to school requires that they put an emphasis on time management, balance, and discipline.
Forging their own path
With 62% of student veterans being first-generation students, many of them have to go at it their own way. But that’s not a bad thing. By taking one or two classes at a time or taking advantage of night and online classes, student vets are finding a way to get their degrees in a way that complements their other obligations and ensures they truly are learning the material, rather than just getting a grade. It’s important, though, that vets check in with an advisor a few times a year to assess their progress.
Looking after number one
For veterans, the history, stress, and adjustment period that comes with being a newly-adjusting civilian can make studying difficult, especially when it’s added to a myriad of other responsibilities. But by paying attention to the signs of depression, taking care of one’s body, and regularly speaking with a specialist like those here at ACI, student veterans can ensure that their unique experiences from their service will help them mature and learn in ways others cannot, rather than hinder them.
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