Veterans & Service Members

AACRAO recognizes and honors the sacrifices these men and women have made and its members are proud to assist them and meet their educational needs. Veterans and students on active military duty and their families face special circumstances and challenges.

Changes in federal statute and executive actions have greatly promoted the expansion of services toward veterans and their families. Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was passed in 2009, close to 1 million veterans, service members, and eligible dependents have taken advantage of the educational benefits available to them. With the passage of more recent legislation, such as the Forever GI Bill in 2017 and the Isakson Roe and THRIVE Acts in 2021, there will be significant changes to military education benefits over the coming years.


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AACRAO recently hosted a webinar to discuss the implementation of veteran legislation passed in December 2020, also known as the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act. This law will have a transformative effect on the mission of Education Service to provide ready access to, and timely and accurate delivery of, education benefits to Veterans, Service members, and their families, as well as further enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to empower GI Bill beneficiaries to achieve their vocational and career goals.

Other recent legislation introduced in both the House and Senate include important provisions to help ensure veterans can continue to receive their education benefits as well as technical corrections to the legislation passed last year.


Common App Eliminates Question on Veterans' Discharges

Nov 12, 2020, 11:30 AM
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Summary : The move, announced on Veteran's Day, intends to encourage more veterans to apply and enroll in college.
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The Common Application will no longer ask veterans about their military discharges, reports Inside Higher Ed. The move, announced on Veteran's Day, intends to encourage more veterans to apply and enroll in college.

According to research by a Vassar College student, who was an Air Force veteran and interned with the Common App through the Posse program, a large majority of veterans who skipped the question about their discharge did not submit an application, reported Inside Higher Ed. According to the study, most of the applicants indicated that they received an honorable discharge. Of those who did not, the reasons for discharge varied and included medical discharges. Jenny Rickard, president and chief executive officer of Common App, told Inside Higher Ed, that such discharges were not an indication that the person would be a poor student.

A Common App survey of its 921 members found that 16 percent said it was always necessary to know discharge status when making admissions decisions, while 59 percent said it was never necessary.

Rickard said this week's decision was part of a broad effort to address "issues of race and equity," reported Inside Higher Ed. The Common App decided last month to stop asking students about their high school disciplinary records.

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