The last thing military veterans need is another problem in their return to civilian life. But according to today's Boston Globe, many service men and women are not getting the academic credits they feel they deserve from their training and experience in the service. The article suggests that the problem occurs with veterans working in the military's technical specialties.
Men and women join the military services for any number of reasons, but a big draw is the opportunity to learn advanced skills and get academic credit for those skills when they leave the service. The American Council on Education runs an accreditation system that was set up to evaluate military training and experience, but the Globe found that many veterans are getting turned down for those credits when they enroll in colleges and universities. The Council says that 14% of institutions do not accept any military training or experience for credit, while 30% accept some training, but not experience. The article quotes a vice-chancellor of a college in Boston who says her institution doesn't even have a process for evaluating military experience.
How many homeless veterans are there?
Although flawless counts are impossible to come by â€“ the transient nature of homeless populations presents a major difficulty â€“ VA estimates that 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness. Only eight percent of the general population can claim veteran status, but nearly one-fifth of the homeless population are veterans.
Honorable mention of fellow veterans in passing
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