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US Military Veterans Failing College En Masse

Student Veterans of America tries to ease transition into academia

(Newser) - US military veterans are stressing out in college and failing in record numbers, citing problems such as PTSD, cultural dvides, and the intellectual challenges of academia, MSNBC reports. Among the roughly 800,000 veterans in college, an estimated 88% bail after a year and only 3% make it to graduation.... More »

New GI Bill Gives Veterans Better Shot at College

Vastly expanded aid begins tomorrow

(Newser) - The new GI Bill, called the biggest veterans’ educational benefit program since 1944, takes effect tomorrow—and it’s poised to make a big difference, the Houston Chronicle reports. Some 90% of vets will receive two to three times more help paying for college, says one advocate. “This type... More »

New GI Bill Pays Out Big in Some States, Zilch in Others

(Newser) - The new GI bill going into effect Aug. 1 is the biggest expansion of the program since World War II, but the benefits are far from uniform, the AP reports. The new system determines the money a vet gets for college on a state-by-state basis. Full tuition is guaranteed at... More »

Times Editorial Has White House Seeing Red

Response to editorial swift and sharp

(Newser) - The New York Times lambasted President Bush in an editorial today for opposing the new GI Bill, and the White House swiftly fired back, the Hill reports. The paper “irresponsibly distorted” Bush's opposition to the bill, said a statement from press secretary Dana Perino, who said the editorial "... More »

Senate OKs GI Bill, Sparking Obama-McCain Joust

Exchanges sharper than usual from all corners

(Newser) - Senate Republicans broke with President Bush and John McCain to help pass a GI bill that gives education benefits to veterans, setting off a sharp war of words between McCain and Barack Obama, the Huffington Post reports. “I can’t believe he believes it is too generous,” said... More »

Clark: McCain Must Get Behind Update to GI Bill

Convincing GOP on aid for fellow veterans a must, general says

(Newser) - John McCain is "casting doubt" on his "commitment to the newest generation of American heroes” by not throwing his support behind an extension of the GI Bill, Wesley Clark writes in the Los Angeles Times. A bipartisan overhaul would fix the bill that once guaranteed veterans a paid... More »

Senators: Vets Need New GI Bill

Hagel, Webb argue US owes it to today's soldiers

(Newser) - The US needs a spruced-up GI Bill for today's veterans, Chuck Hagel and Jim Webb say in an op-ed in today's New York Times. The Vietnam vets argue that the measure "was one of the most important pieces of legislation in our history" and call for a new version... More »

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