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Out of Uniform: At Half a Million and Counting, Veterans Cash In on Post-9/11 GI Bill

At this moment, a new migration is under way from the military to the college campus. More than half a million veterans who served after September 11, 2001, were enrolled in college classes last year under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Thousands more are expected in the coming years as roughly two million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan return home.

Though their passage through the college gates might not have the same sweeping effect it did on the post-World War II generation, optimism is running strong that the successful transition of today’s veterans to higher education—and gainful employment beyond—might be a balm for a nation nervous about its economic future.