The American Legion‘s annual Washington conference was this week, and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki was on hand to deliver a vital message: Veterans are well-prepared to rebuild the middle class, just as they did after World War II. The key component, he says, is education.
Shinseki challenged American Legion posts to communicate with local student veterans, and reinforce the importance of graduating from their colleges, universities and training programs. “The American Legion can be very helpful to us here, because all across the country where these youngsters are in school … the country needs them to do well, so encouragement to them would be helpfu,” he said.
Since 2009, VA has provided more than $25 billion in GI Bill education benefits to veterans, servicemembers, family members and survivors. VA is also working with the Student Veterans of America to track graduation rates of student veterans. Addressing those men and women who have served in uniform, Shinseki said, “There is no payoff to you, no payoff to the program, no payoff to the country if you don’t graduate.”
Education lies at the foundation for successful careers and a smooth transition from the military to the civilian world, so getting this part right is vital.
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