These Are The 10 Most Veteran-Friendly Colleges In The United States

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There may not be a better feeling as an enlisted troop than leaving the base for the last time, waltzing off into the sunset with your newly minted DD-214 to take on the world. For some, that means using that sweet, sweet G.I. Bill to pay for a college degree that will guide your transition back into the world of civilians; for many, that means choosing from one of several veteran-friendly colleges.


There are a thousand factors in choosing a school, but it doesn't hurt to aim high and try to get into the best school you can to maximize Uncle Sam's return on that tuition payment. To help you make a decision on where to toss an application, here are the top ten most veteran-friendly schools according to the 2019 edition of  U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings.

What do you think? Are these the top ten most veteran-friendly schools? Have you had a different experience elsewhere? Let us know in the comments.

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Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling lately. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call.

It seemed almost routine, something the Army medics would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.

Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.

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