Veterans Able to Attend Ivy League Schools

By Debbie Gregory.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Veterans, who want to pursue a law career, now have the opportunity to attend a large number of elite law schools in the country for free.  NYU law student and Iraq veteran, Garen Marshall  has lobbied NYC to increase their veteran education benefits.

Military veterans who served following the 9/11 terrorist attacks can attend Veteran friendly colleges without having to pay anything for their Veteran education.  Veterans can use their Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits.  These Veteran education benefits are capped at the highest rate to attend an in state college or university.  Often the tuition at private colleges, especially Ivy league schools, exceeds this rate. Now many law schools are becoming Yellow Ribbon Schools so that Veterans can attend the best of the best.

Schools like Stanford Law School, New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School are matching the government Yellow Ribbon program.   The Yellow Ribbon program is a part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 and provides veteran education benefits to military veterans who have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001. The Yellow Ribbon program provides those veterans who qualify additional money to supplement benefits from the Post 9/11 GI Bill.   Institutions of higher learning that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the Veterans Administration choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. The VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the institution.  This program enables many Veterans to attend private schools and use their Veteran education benefits.

Our veterans have earned the right to an education. Law school is not for everyone.  The Yellow Ribbon program provides many career path options for Veterans in all types of areas with top private colleges and universities for Veterans.  This program can be used for Veteran Distance Education for online degreed programs for Veterans.

Most veterans understand leadership. They have the organizational skills, discipline, can achieve goals and complete missions while working under stress.   By using their Veteran education benefits with the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon program, they can do anything and prepare themselves for any field.  Veterans can become lawyers, doctors or pursue careers in any area of their choice.