No one knows how many vets graduate: Why it’s a problem

The federal government has spent more than $20 billion helping 817,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan go to college, the Huffington Post reports. Yet, nine months after President Obama signed an executive order directing the Veterans Administration, the Department of Defense and the Department of Education to track completion rates, no one knows how many vets actually graduate. Earlier this month, a partnership was announced between the Department of Veterans Affairs, Student Veterans of America and the National Student Clearinghouse. Together they will research and track student veteran college completion rates, Stars & Stripes reports. The news comes as veterans’ advocates worry Congress may cut some post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits as they squabble over the federal budget deficit…

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