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Educating our Returning Troops| Abraham Lincoln University

Educating our Returning Troops| Abraham Lincoln University

The Troops are Coming Home – It’s a Good Time for Education

President Barack Obama addressed troops returning home from Iraq at Fort Bragg, declaring an end to the nine-year conflict with “a final march toward home.” For many troops, the end of the war will not mean the end of military service, but for those nearing the end of their service, the end of forward deployment abroad can mean a time to begin something anew.

Adjusting from life deployed abroad to a civilian life at home can be tough. Unemployment among post-9/11 veterans is high; according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, was as high as 11.1 percent as recently as November of 2011. With a troubled economy still looming, and many of those who never left out of work themselves, there are not as many opportunities available for military service men and women, their spouses, and Aed Forces veterans as there likely should be.

There are benefits available, though, and taking advantage of those benefits now, as the war in Iraq has come to an end, is one of the best ways to readjust to the civilian world. Educational benefits ranging from military tuition assistance (TA) to funds available for military spouses for associate degrees and career training (MyCAA) enable service members and their families to gain the education they need to adjust into post-military careers.

While studying on overseas deployment with online schools is possible, it is made much easier now that the war has ended. Military training and service provide many vital components employers look for in employees, from technical knowledge in various fields to intangible qualities such as reliability and leadership. Despite that, many jobs require degrees, licensing or certification the military itself cannot provide. Using active duty military or veteran benefits to pay tuition and, occasionally, the cost of books, supplies and housing for education is the perfect way to transition into opportunities for post-military employment.

Abraham Lincoln University, an online distance learning institution, has a wide range of degree programs available that may be of interest to military service members, their families, and veterans. ALU accepts TA and MyCAA benefits, is a member of SOC (Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges) and counts education for the United States military among its highest objectives.

To learn about the military education benefits available, and the wide range of diploma, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs offered, visit www.alu.edu today or call the Admissions department at (866) 558-0999.

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