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It’s no secret that veterans entering college for the first time have different needs than the typical student who jumps directly from high school to the university level. Veterans are generally older, are more likely to have a family, and have been living a much different lifestyle.

With those differences in mind, NerdScholar’s Gianna Sen-Gupta has put together a list of tips for the Huffington Post that can help veterans make the right decision about which school to attend.

6 Tips to Help Veterans Choose the Best College

By Lillian Bowe
The Portales News-Tribune (Clovis, N.M.)

Last year, Eastern New Mexico University’s Student Veteran’s Organization advisor Lori Brunsen noticed a disturbing trend. Some of her student veterans were not eating.

The reason for the students’ lack of food was their G.I. Bill, which not only pays for tuition, but gives out a housing allowance for them as well, was late.

The students could not pay for food or pay for the meal plan on campus. Brunsen said the trend is not with just student veterans, but single parent students as well.

By Gary Rawlings

How does the VA scandal tie into the tools we need to measure quality in government or how new techniques can transform government at the local level? None of the tools or techniques for improvement means anything without human integrity. Somehow, the organizational culture at the VA went haywire, and bonuses became more important than the delivery of service.

by Mohana Ravindranath
The Washington Post

Military personnel transitioning into civilian life can now ask a computer program for advice on how to write a resume, or how to interpret the GI Bill, for instance.

The United Services Automobile Association, an insurance company that provides financial services to military members and their families, is now using IBM’s Watson technology to guide its customers through career- and finance- related questions.

by John Aldrich
AVP, Military Relations, American Public University System

There is a lot of talk out there, usually by people who pick up their news from the latest network sound-bite, that associate degrees have become the new high school diploma. When I hear these types of statements, I can’t help but wonder what would motivate someone to make such an uneducated comment?