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The Post- 9/11 GI Bill: Insights from veterans using Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits


Bell G*, Boland E, Dudgeon B, Johnson K



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Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education, 27(4):246-259


Because the Post-9/11 GI Bill was implemented in August of 2009, increasing numbers of veterans returning from the Global War on Terror (GWT) have drawn on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits. Based on the findings of a mixed-methods study, quantitative and qualitative survey responses from veterans enrolled at a major university, using both Post-9/11 GI Bill and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) benefits are discussed. When responding to the quantitative questions on the survey, most veterans reported satisfaction with the benefits program. Three major categories emerged from narrative data gained from responses to an open question: (a) comments about provisions of the Post-9/11 GI Bill program, (b) comments about administrative processes, and comments about support services for veterans using Post-9/11 GI Bill and VR&E benefits. The study results suggested that additional resources such as extension of GI Bill entitlement beyond 36 months, additional financial resources, and improvements to veterans' support services may be necessary for veterans to achieve their educational goals.

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DOI: 10.1891/2168-6653.27.4.246

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