Photo courtesty of Haraz Ghanbari.

As a young man, Bob Barger saw a Navy recruiting poster in downtown Toledo that changed his life. It showed a guy standing on an F4U Corsair and said, “Join the Navy and get an education.”

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Marine Corp photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein

After transition, many veterans choose to take advantage of Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits. What comes after pursuing higher education is deciding which school will best suit your academic and professional goals.

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Photo by Spc. Nathan Thome

College is the next step for many people leaving the military. As a transition pathway, this makes a lot of sense. Yet somehow a lot of us get lost in the process: going to the wrong school, pursuing the wrong degree, and even failing to graduate. Many veterans fumble during their transition because they view college through a narrow lens, emphasizing a simplistic view of a degree as a "check in the box." These folks miss out of other opportunities that could substantially improve their lives after service.

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