MilitaryDegrees Releases Inspirational Stories from GI Bill Students

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Along with its new series on military heroes, MilitaryDegrees.org plans to release inspirational stories from real military veterans, active duty service members and their family members who are using the GI Bill to get a college degree.

Make going back to school simple for military students.

In the weeks following its debut, MilitaryDegrees.org made a splash with veterans and active service members for championing a cause that President Obama even supported, more restrictions on aggressive marketing practices by certain colleges and universities. In addition, MilitaryDegrees.org followed the stories closely and published inspirational pieces of famous military heroes who received GI Bill funds to go to school. The site requested that visitors and followers send in personal stories. Those personal reflections from current veterans and active duty servicemembers and their families will now be published on MilitaryDegrees.org through the daily updated blog. The new series is meant to provide strategies and guides for military members who about to enter college or are thinking of getting a degree, using GI Bill benefits.
“We create the site specifically for the military community. The information that was provided to service members is often limited by military jargon, and we wanted to make everything more clear, as well as provide resources. It doesn’t seem like the process is all that simple to transition into, but that’s what MilitaryDegrees.org is supposed to do. Make going back to school simple for military students,” said Paul Drago, VP for MilitaryDegrees.org.

The new series will focus on individual students, who are either veterans, active duty military service members, officers, a military spouse, child, or other dependent who currently use the Post 9/11 GI Bill or Montgomery GI Bill to go to college.

“There’s a lot of different stories that we want to share with our community. The blog is the perfect way to do that because we’ve already shown how others have managed to transition from military life into civilian life with college. We’ve gotten really encouraging feedback and help from our community, which has helped us develop this series further,” said CK Adams, leading writer for the new series on GI Bill’s ‘Real Military Heroes.’

“I think it’s incredibly important to show the ‘now’ stories of what’s happening in the education community in regards to veterans and current military students. There’s a lot of problems with the process of receiving funding but there’s also issues that are making it more difficult for veterans to go back to school. We wanted to make the access to information bigger and just provide that push for students to really get through those difficult moments,” said Adams.
There are over a hundred articles and blog posts devoted to every issue that military students face, from picking a degree to dealing with a new state of mind, the kind that requires you to handle 300 students in the same room who are younger than you. That’s one issue that created a daily obstacle for Miriam Delaney, a 28-year-old Marine who left the service to go school after her tour. Her story is just one of a dozen that will be released on MilitaryDegrees.org.

“I’m constantly reminded in school that I’m different, but it’s really just me and how I look at things, but I was able to find some relief around those who have been where I’ve been and seen what I’ve seen. I had to find a real veterans community to feel comfortable in school,” Delaney stated in an excerpt from her personal account.

Delaney is just one voice out of many who have donated their advice and time to help MilitaryDegrees.org champion the cause for military students, who often receive a lack of support from colleges that simply don’t have a veterans or military department or schools that don’t offer any type of help for transitioning into a college program. Delaney said that MilitaryDegrees.org was the first help site that actually got it right.

“The articles really helped me figure out some things. Even though I didn’t want to stop going to school, I wasn’t motivated, but the guides at MilitaryDegrees.org really make it easy to find whatever you need, financial aid, support systems, or just a friendly tip that makes college worth it,” said Delaney in her story.

The new series will be an ongoing project for MilitaryDegrees.org with possible plans to have members of the military student community guest write and offer more specific answers to some of the harder questions that are often sent in by visitors to the site.

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