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Photo by Sgt. Gregory Williams

This past year I received a wonderful opportunity to attend a graduate program that was funded by the military. As I sat at graduation waiting to receive my diploma, I struck up a conversation with another member of the program who was a civilian. After chatting for a few seconds, the young man revealed that he carried nearly $100,000 in student loan debt from his undergraduate and master’s degrees combined. To say that my mouth dropped to the floor was an understatement.

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