Spotlight Brief 2 | Today’s Scholars: A closer look at majors that student veterans are pursuing

By Chris Cate, Vice President of Research, Student Veterans of America


What came to be called the GI Bill of Rights (Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944) would later be referred to as the single most transformative bill of the twentieth century. The bill helped educate an estimated 8 million veterans of “The Greatest Generation,” producing Nobel Prize winners, Supreme Court Justices, three Presidents, Pulitzer Prize winners, teachers, scientists, doctors, engineers, plus a million lawyers, nurses, businessmen, artists, actors, writers, pilots and others in a variety of categories.

Military deserve clear higher ed resources

March 18, 2016 | Kevin Fudge | The Hill (Blog) 

A recent scathing review conducted by the U.S. Department of Education Inspector General has found that some military service members may in fact have been overcharged on student loan interest rates after all. That’s an alarming reminder of just how difficult it can be for those who have served our country to navigate the very benefits put in place to make their higher education more affordable.

Let’s help protect our service members by proactively arming them with one weapon: accurate, up-to-date information.  

Military members face an especially steep uphill battle when it comes to applying to, paying for and repaying college. Some service members are first in their family to pursue higher education, so they have no known roadmap or mentor to guide them through a confusing process. Many others are older, far removed from the support of a high school guidance counselor, and often have limited time and money to devote to researching educational options. As Will Hubbard, a spokesman for Student Veterans of America, told the Los Angeles Times, veterans looking to go to college are “not your typical 18- to 20-year-old students who just got out of high school. In many cases, they have families with children."  

Questions of 'good faith' at neg reg

March 18, 2016 | Allie Grasgreen Ciaramella | Politico 

The final day of borrower defense negotiated rulemaking got off to a tense start Friday, with advocates requesting a fourth session after Education Department officials defended their motives for a last-minute proposal regarding debt relief for Federal Family Education Loan borrowers.

Advocates and members of the public had for months requested a way for FFEL holders - who've submitted thousands of discharge requests in the wake of the Corinthian Colleges' collapse - to obtain debt relief under the rules. After promising since Wednesday morning to put forward a proposal, department officials did so late Thursday.

But negotiators representing states, consumers and borrowers were displeased, calling the draft language overly complicated and insufficient.

Federal negotiator Gail McLarnon opened Friday's discussion by recognizing a perception that "there was more at play" in the delay than legal ambiguities and operational complexities.

"We are working hard to make sure those folks get the benefit that they deserve," McLarnon said. "In no way did we have any other motive than to make sure we have a path for these borrowers."

Derek Fronabarger, who represents veterans on the committee, then said he heard "specific conversations" Thursday attributing the tardiness to this statement: "We didn't want the advocates to fuss over the issue."

Veterans' Voices: Sharing Stories of Service 

Written by Jeniffer Seavey


As a child I looked up to my grandpa who was a civilian Railroad Engineer and my great grandpa who served in the Army Air Corp as a Flight Navigator in the Pacific Theater during World War II. They were fulfilling their passions while serving others. When I was twenty-two I began my own journey by joining the Army. My MOS was Water Treatment, exactly like In the Army Now starring Pauly Shore, although in my defense I did not see that film until after I joined. I was happy to do my part serving others and I was armed with the knowledge that my specialty would send me overseas (I figured I would be alright because when shit hit the fan I would have all the water). 


Women’s History Month: Jessica Cattle reflects on her accomplishments during service

Jessica Cattle is a student veteran at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and serves as the Webmaster for her SVA chapter.

As a woman, being in one of the only combat arms Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) in the Army from 2009 to 2013 meant that I had to work twice as hard to prove myself and earn the respect of my fellow soldiers. I am sure that most, if not all females, feel that particular way at one point or another during their military career, but for a female in an all-male unit it is quite challenging. 


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