Public Interest Law Reporter


Maha Sadek

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The Post-9/11 Veterans' Educational Assistance Act of 2008 ("Post-9/11 GI Bill") went into-effect in 2009. Since 2013, about 800,000 service men and women have taken advantage of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, and 80% of GI Bill spending is attributed to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Though educational benefits are provided, at varying rates to veterans who served after September 10, 2001, about 26% of veterans aged 25 or older have a bachelor's degree compared to 28% of the total population. There are several factors that contribute to veteran's attainability of a degree including adjusting to life outside of the military , unequal elementary and high school educations that effect college readiness, and service connected disabilities. This paper will focus on the difficulties veterans with service connected disabilities face as they attempt to obtain a college degree post military service.