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Stand Up For Education and Veterans

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Every day, a United States Veteran walks into a college administrative office to have their military education transcripts evaluated and they are offered in return only credit for PE.

Colleges all over America are allowed to decide for themselves whether or not to give a veteran credit for classes taken while serving in our military.

I am here today to pull back the veil of silence that has strangled the ambitions of our veterans that have fought for this country and our freedom; those that are merely asking for what they have earned.

I am here to persuade you to stand behind every veteran and help their voice to be heard, forcing colleges to give credit where credit has been earned.

There is a misconception that a military education is somehow substandard or perceived as being a limited scope of a subject compared to college education.

Let’s compare the two side by side and determine the value of those educations.

Military Education is not merely focused on how to simply shoot a gun.

Every private civilian sector job has a military equivalent which requires a soldier to accomplish an educational goal. Some examples are nurses, physicians, accountants, scientists, engineers, firefighters and police.

We are all soldiers but we also have specialized education.

Our military education uses top of the line equipment often not seen in the private sector for several years after it is introduced, tested, and perfected by the military.

Every emerging technology is fine tuned within our military long before it is introduced to the public. When I was active duty we had an imaging machine that the public sectors had never seen and only dreamed about.

It was almost five years before the private sector hospitals had them and even longer before they had someone competent to use them, needless to say our hospitals recognize how valuable a veteran education is—but our colleges DO NOT.

Colleges tell me: “Your education cannot be recognized by the college because we have no idea what guidelines were used.”

That is ridiculous. Do any of you actually think our country would train a force to defend and support it with substandard teaching?

Military textbooks and guidelines are written by the recognized experts in every field, and typically an improvement over what is found in colleges today.

Recently I applied for a job at a college for position which would be assisting ultrasound students in their “practical hands-on” actual scanning experience. They told me I didn’t have the proper qualifications to do this.
They told me this while we stood in the middle of their “facility” surrounded by equipment outdated for over fifteen years—equipment donated by hospitals that refuse to use such equipment on actual patients.

So I ask, “Are these college students gaining the valuable education they are paying for?” NO. They leave these college programs unprepared to use the equipment actually used in hospitals today, AND colleges are overlooking the quality of training I could have assisted them with.

Colleges award degrees to anyone that can obtain a “minimal” standard while the military will only take those who excel—they choose excellence over mediocrity.

Every soldier is expected to excel in their field or they are either moved to a less technical field, reclassified or simply discharged.

The military does not keep those that can only exhibit a “minimal” standard.

Colleges choose to focus on meeting minimal standards and then refuse to validate a military education which should be viewed as the gold standard.

The civilian job market recognizes this level of achievement by simply choosing a veteran over a new grad student because they know the value of actual working experience and the dedication required to be successful in the military.

Only 66 percent of college students complete a four-year degree compared to 100 percent of military in high-tech fields.

Out of that 66 percent of college students, only 3.7 percent move on to complete a Master’s Degree. Of those that complete a Master’s degree, 20 percent request a waiver for the required capstone requirement AND actually get one.

Military that go on to a Master’s Degree: 100 percent complete the capstone requirement—NO waivers!
So … colleges are receiving government funding BUT refusing to recognize military education? Yes! Why? Because it is more often than not—better than what they can offer a college student.

This is criminal.

ALL credits/units should be recognized between ALL colleges/universities. No more picking and choosing. No more “your credits are not good here.”

Want to do something about it?

This link will take you to a letter to copy and paste to your e-mail, put your information into the bottom, send it to the links at the bottom of the letter.


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