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.


Latest Actions

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.


SFFA May Challenge Race-Conscious Admissions at Military Academies

Jul 20, 2023, 11:04 AM
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Summary : The Supreme Court's recent admissions ruling excludes military academies. The victor in those cases may also challenge that decision.
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Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), the plaintiff in the recent Supreme Court admissions cases, may challenge race-conscious policies at military academies, reported Higher Ed Dive. 

Edward Blum, SFFA founder and president, announced that the organization "is exploring the legality of using race at . . . West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy." The statement follows last month's Supreme Court ruling striking down race-conscious admissions practices at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

However, justices explicitly excluded military academies from their ruling. Justice Roberts wrote that no military academy was a party in SFFA's lawsuits and no court had "addressed the propriety of race-based admissions systems in that context." Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent that "national security interests are also implicated at civilian universities." She also noted that the ruling will nonetheless trickle down to colleges that were not a party in the case. 

It remains to be seen how military academies will respond to the litigation, Higher Ed Dive reported. Two of the three institutions that Blum noted in his announcement have declined a request for comment.

The U.S. Naval Academy's public affairs office articulated that the "Department of Defense is aware of the Supreme Court decision concerning affirmative action in college admissions. We are currently assessing the decision and its potential impacts on our practices."

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Higher Ed Dive 

The Chronicle of Higher Education 

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