America's Student-Veterans: What Awaits the Return from the Battlefield?
- Tuesday, 19 July 2011 19:46 Published on Tuesday, 19 July 2011 19:46
America directed over one million young men and women to go to Iraq and Afghanistan in combat. Under battlefield conditions, they served admirably. They are now in the process of returning home. What awaits them?
Most people would probably say that we owe our veterans a debt not only of gratitude, but also of lasting support. We offer a G.I. Bill that provides sufficient financial support for a single veteran to get his or her higher degree, but what if that veteran has a family? In that case, the veteran is out of luck. For a veteran who has returned home to a family, the G.I. Bill is just not enough. You see, the veteran with dependents does not get any additional money, so what do they do as they reintegrate into civilian life? Getting a degree is often one more significant challenge that they face.
iPivoted will feature veterans and their families who have some financial gaps.
For us, honoring our veterans means more than letting them go first in a line. In many cases, our veterans have sacrificed years of their lives overseas, doing what they were asked to do. Now that they are back home, we owe them the opportunity to live a financially secure and independent life. When that veteran is ready, we need to make sure that there are no financial constraints to completing an education and moving on to a better life.