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.




Higher ed's misconceptions about veterans

Oct 15, 2018, 11:39 AM
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Summary : They bring unique assets as both students and employees.
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When he began his career outside the military 17 years ago, Chris Lucier felt hobbled by employers’ stereotypes about a veteran’s experience. A ROTC graduate, Lucier served 21 years in the U.S. Army in seven different states and one foreign country before he retired in 2001 as a lieutenant colonel. Then he chose to enter civilian life, and a civilian job market that didn’t necessarily know how to assess his the skills and attributes he had gained leading, training and managing soldiers and equipment in armored units.

“Out of 100 times I’d submit an application for a job, I might get one interview, especially if I was seeking a job in higher education.” Lucier said. “But finally my application came before a guy who was veteran himself and knew what I could bring to the job, and he gave me a chance.” With no admissions experience, Lucier was hired as a senior associate admissions director and has progressed to being a Vice President for Enrollment Management at two institutions, currently  at the University of Delaware.

“In many ways, veterans are misunderstood,” Lucier said. “The perception is that the military is very rigid and hierarchical, but veterans who serve as employees and students are actually very flexible and adaptable. They can change direction on a dime. They’re very results-oriented and they bring a level of discipline and persistence that will help them to succeed.”

In addition, veterans are used to working in teams, so, although they may have challenges transitioning into the campus or workplace culture, they generally acclimate quickly and have a “can-do” attitude, Lucier said. 

Foster veterans’ success 
The 2018 AACRAO SEM Conference kicks off on Veterans Day, and AACRAO will honor our active duty military and veterans across the world by focusing on issues that impact their access to and success in pursuing postsecondary education. 

As part of that work, Lucier will facilitate a panel discussion presenting administrative, advocate, and student perspectives on these issues. 

“We’ll talk about supporting student veterans and also discuss hiring veterans in higher education,” Lucier said. “That’s my story and I think we veterans have a lot to offer to higher education. 

Learn more about AACRAO SEM 2018 and join the conversation, November 11-14, 2018, in Washington, DC
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