Op-ed: Consumer Education Critical to Prospective Student-Veterans

APSCU Vice President of Military and Veterans Affairs Michael Dakduk penned an op-ed for EvoLLLution.com on the critical need for prospective student veterans to receive the consumer information they need. An excerpt appears below.

American veterans may not be getting the information they need to take full advantage of the education options available to them through GI Bill benefits.

Even with the President's Executive Order 13607, or Principles of Excellence, and recent legislation enacted into law (Public Law 112-249) — both intended to provide more services and supports to veterans — there still may be gaps in meeting the demand for more consumer information.

A report recently issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) supports this claim. The report indicates that over half of veteran respondents wanted more information on the total cost of education covered by VA benefits, type and amount of other forms of financial aid, future employment potential and support services. The results of the survey, however, may not fully reflect the consumer experiences of current student veterans.

View the full op-ed on EvoLLLution.com.


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