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Keys to Getting Veterans Back to School?

Supporting veterans at colleges and universities across the nation is a key priority for the Obama administration, according to a statement issued by the President at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention last month. As part of his statement at the Convention, Obama outlined 8 Keys to Success that colleges and universities can implement to help ensure a reliable transition to higher education for veterans and service members. Currently adopted by 250 U.S. colleges, universities, and community colleges, the keys to success outlined by the administration are: 

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Military Spousal Education Important for Military Readiness

The White House released a statement earlier this summer about the importance of military spousal employment for the strength of military families, but also for "preserving the readiness of our military and veteran families."

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Future Soldier Training Program - Delay Entry for Up To a Year

If you are entering your senior year of high school and can't wait to get your diploma so you can enlist, you are in luck. The Futures Soldier Training Program can save you a spot in the Army, and bump you up a rank for when you finally enlist!

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Live Twitter Chat About College Affordability Happening Now

College education costs continue to rise for students across the country, and with the recent sequestration cuts, Army and other military families are feeling the bite as well, with funding cuts affecting tuition assistance programs that have been a key recruitment and incentive tool for the Armed Forces. 

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Department of Defense-run Schools Impacted by Sequestration Cuts

According to a recent article on politico.com, 84,000 children of military personnel attending DOD-run schools will be out of school for five days at the beginning of this academic year, due to sequestration cuts of 9 percent -- totaling $171 million. The net? Children of about 8,500 DOD employees working at DOD-run schools will lose five full days of education compared with students attending regular public schools.

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Students Equally Successful at For-Profit and Non-Profit Schools

According to a recent government study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) there is very little different in the success rate between for- and non-profit students.

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A Family's Guide to the Military For Dummies

Normal adults can not begin to understand how different military life is until you are living it. Even the children of military parents (known as military "Brats") do not understand how different it is from civilian life. Military members and their spouses however are immersed from day one in a new culture with different customs and traditions that can be challenging and even scary at first. But with time (years) and experience, this new life can become fun and exciting as you understand it better and learn about the many "perks" available for military members and their families.

Or, you can read Part I of "A Family's Guide to the Military For Dummies" and skip the years of time and experience and go right to the "fun and exciting" parts.

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How the Affordable Care Act will Affect Vets

The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new website that shows how veterans will be affected by the Affordable Care Act.

The VA ACA website gives an overview of how the ACA will impact veterans and their families.

Here's the condensed version:

  • Vets enrolled in VA health coverage meet the new law's requirements. No other action is necessary.
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New Rules for Post 9/11 GI Bill

Starting August 1, 2013, there are new rules in place for the transfer of benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

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Military Academies - Better than Ivy League?

Forbes magazine has released their list of America's Top Colleges for 2013, and the rankings may not be what you expect.

The top 50 schools - out of the 650 that Forbes ranked - not only contain the usual suspects: Harvard, Yale, MIT, Princeton and Stanford, but also some surprises. The United States Military Academy, better known as West Point, ranked #7 - beating out schools like Harvard, Cornell and MIT.

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