While thousands upon thousands of returning combat vets take advantage of legislation that helps pay for their education, they face new challenges in the classroom.
Dumeetha Luthra, of the BBC in New York, reports that going to college is a process of adaptation. That process is intensified when arriving straight from the battlefield, into the classroom. From the camaraderie and intensity of combat, the rigid discipline of being part of a team, plus having a clearly defined role, you must attend class and hand in homework.
John McClelland, who served four years in the U.S. Army as a medic, both in Iraq and Afghanistan, says “I feel bad sometimes that I’m here while everyone else is still over there. I’m here worrying about term papers, I’m here worrying about quizzes, making sure my grammar is correct.”
John’s story is becoming a common one. With the latest GI Bill, many returning combat vets can now afford to go to college, and are taking advantage of the program. In recent months, 425,000 students have enrolled, and it is estimated that over the next year, there will be a 25% increase in the number of veterans enrolling as students. Continue reading 'Many Returning Combat Vets Have New Challenge- Returning to the Classroom'»