Friday, May 8, 2009

Once in a while ...

Its nice to report on a veterans' issue that doesn't involve vets getting screwed out of benefits. The VA has a great new program designed to give vets a hand up and get them a decent, marketable education:

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.


It ain't the deal my dad got when he came home from Korea, but it sure beats the screwing my generation (post-Vietnam) got with regard to GI benefits.

By the way, we got 120 Afghanistan and Iraq vets going through Columbia University here in New York as we speak.

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