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Veterans’ New Battle: Getting Credit for What They Already Know

Navy veteran Benny Lloyd, now 39, completed his bachelor’s degree and is on his way to a earning a master’s next year. Those are the kinds of credentials required to get civilian nursing jobs. But it took him longer than it needed to, in part because universities and colleges give veterans so little credit for their military training and experience — even though the skills they’ve learned, in fields like nursing and law enforcement, are in high demand, and even as more and more are being discharged into a persistently soft employment market.