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Private Joe Snuffy does not know his multiplication tables

by Daniel Vliet on 06/19/13

Veteran’s cares over the last decades have been moving towards increases the Montgomery GI Bill. How does this help all veterans of all wars and periods of service? The purpose of this proposal is to address the fallacy of simple giving veterans more money to go to school. This practice only helps veterans who are in a perfect state of mind spiritually, mentally and physically. Many increase come from somewhere, so it clearly stands to reason anywhere there is increase there was a decrease somewhere else, and most of time it is from sluggish programs with big budgets, that may be needed.


In February of 2005 the Veterans Affairs was backlogged with Veterans disability claims in the numbers reaching 800,000.It is required that a veteran to be at least 20 percent disability rating to get vocational rehabilitation, rating take veterans six months to a year to get. Vocational rehabilitation program was meant for veterans with disabilities that are severe enough that the veteran probably needs to sit at a desk, and can not a standing job.


If the main benefit for United States Veterans is having the GI Bill to get a college education, then what about those who lack basic skills. The veteran who suffered injuries in which they need to relearn everything, or simply they been out of school for to long. Programs exists to help veterans who either did not learn the basics the first time, meaning when he or she got there high school diploma or G.E.D. Veteran who needs to be in these college prep programs should get a type of cost of living allowance. Assuming every veteran can go straight to school is an error of congress and the Veterans Affairs.


National Association of Veterans Upward Bound Project Personnel (NAVUBPP) is a money grant for school and university apply for it is more commonly known as the Veterans Upward Bound programs. The United States only has 46 programs in the country; these mean it is not easily accessible for every veteran. The program gives veteran help with basic Math and English skills. The Veterans Upward Bound programs if offers basic computer skills. A veteran attend these program after completing a college entrance exam and coming to the conclusion that his or her test scores are to low to attend a college level course for college credit.


A veteran with learning disabilities would include veterans who have been diagnosis with post traumatic stress disorders, traumatic brain injuries and personality disorder. A veteran who is overweight may have trouble learning simply because he or she may have trouble sleeping, thus making concentration in school difficult. One of system of Post traumatic stress disorders is anxiety this makes learning difficult, a veteran can use up their GI Bill because they need to repeat course because of their veteran issues.


Many soldiers have been discharged with a personality disorders since 2001.The number of soldier who fall under the Army Chapter 5-13 have been 22,000 soldiers. The veterans who receive this discharge need more then just the GI Bill. A Personality Disorder simply means that military service did not affect the soldier in any way and the soldier had Attention deficit disorder or any other disorder that can be found in Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental Disorder(DSM). Mental heath disorders clearly hinder getting a college degree, which would stop veterans from being productive member of society. A degree and a solid career would make a veterans disorder perhaps none existents. Soldiers that get Chapters do not get a rating until they apply for veteran’s compensation. Veterans need more then just to be welcomed home, that does not mean they are home, the need a quality of life that they had in military.


On the medical side Veteran Affairs has announced 37.7 million of it 3 billion dollar budget helps veterans with unseen injuries, in 2007. Veteran Medical Faculties has been rated and or polled to be better then civilian medical facilities. The internet and numerous publications have made veterans and soldier’s issue on the forefront.


Veteran’s cultures do not want a hand out, but in battle there is at times a need for a change of plans. Government monies need to go in the direction to help veterans who have trouble with basics education, before any veteran can attend Colleges or Universities for credit towards a degree. Veterans want three hot meals and cot that they earned by their bare hands, not on the backs and sweat of others. Veterans care needs to be balanced not lop sided towards continuing increasing the Montgomery GI Bill, but ensuring every veteran can get a career they deserve.




1. Tim Dyhouse,22,000 troops Discharged with “Personality Disorder”(Washington Wire), VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Sep 2007;95,1.

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