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When I talk with my friends from the military, I am always astonished at how many of them are not using any of their GI Bill, especially the active-duty veterans since under the post-9/11 GI Bill they would get paid to go to school! Many of them would rather work various part-time jobs or struggle with underpaid positions than attend a class. Undeniably veterans face different challenges in the college environment, but I can promise you all of these are conquerable and the most difficult part is finding the willpower to get started. By ignoring your benefits, you are not only cheating yourself out of a better job in the future, but also the many other incidental bonuses of going to college like recreational programs, networking capabilities, career services and advice, and even just having a schedule. With this in mind, I wanted to share a couple of starting points with readers in hopes of encouraging some to reconsider your non-student status.

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Earlier this week the Stars and Stripes posted an article that read, “Female veterans, service members not seeking needed services.” It spoke on the growing issue of women veterans ignoring their veteran status and all available support and benefits, but it never really answered why.

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