Photo by Student Veterans of America, via Facebook.

We took Fallujah. We know more than a decade of war. Why then do so many articles bemoan the challenges veterans face attending college? Veterans are completing tougher degrees with higher grades at better colleges than many might guess.

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As the end of college admission season approaches, applicants anxiously await emails and letters revealing the results. Alongside nervous high school seniors, many veterans also wait for decisions. Unfortunately, our experience helping hundreds of veterans shows that all too often they are not setting their goals high enough and unfortunately not even taking the chance at applying to some of our nation’s best undergraduate institutions. Our organization, Service to School, exists to bridge the military-academic divide. We work with many of the nation’s top education institutions to boost enlisted to undergraduate enrollment.

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U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathan Thome

Knowing yourself is a deliberate and critical step toward becoming a GI Bill expert. It means opening and maintaining the lines of communication with your GI Bill with school personnel. Most importantly, it means admitting you are responsible for knowing the debts you incur while using the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Debralee Best

To be a GI Bill expert means to know your surroundings. There are school personnel dedicated to helping you with the GI Bill, the policies you should be aware of, and little known parts of the program that can power you through graduation and beyond.

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AP photo by Seth Perlman

Editor’s Note: A version of this article originally appeared on LinkedIn.

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