Veterans for Career Education: Not All Veterans Support Donna Shalala’s Education Bill (Florida Daily Opinion)
Joshua Browder, U.S. Navy veteran, Florida resident and VCE ambassador joined Michael Dakduk, VCE Marine veteran and VCE co-chair, in authoring an opinion piece on GI Bill® choice in the Florida Daily.
In an opinion piece written for Military Times, Navy Veteran and VCE Ambassador Larry Goerzen wrote in response to Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) labeling the credentials earned by veterans at career schools as “worthless” and the institutions as “predatory.”
“Veterans are organizing to dispel any suggestions that they were tricked or duped into choosing a certain school and are outraged that political activists continue to suggest that their schools and credentials are worthless.”
In an opinion piece written for Trib Live (local paper in Pennsylvania), Air Force veteran, president of Triangle Tech and CECU board member Tim McMahon wrote about the impact educational benefits his career. In the oped Tim writes:
“I am a beneficiary of the original GI benefit, as it was my only option for pursuing higher education. I was one of seven kids; my father was a city police officer, and the only way I could afford to pursue an education was to join the Air Force. Luckily for me and so many others, the Air Force did everything it promised to do for me. While I had no clue at the time what my plans would be following my time in the Air Force, I now know that if I had come out of the military and had limitations on where I could take my benefit, it would have changed the direction of my career.”
In an opinion piece written for Tennessean (local paper in Tennessee), Navy Veteran and VCE Ambassador James Lillback wrote about how his service and educational journey lead him to a career school. In the oped, James voices his displeasure with lawmakers push to limit his and other veterans school choice at career schools, like Fortis Institute in Cookeville, Tennessee. James writes:
“I am disappointed to learn that some politicians want to limit the ability of veterans to use their earned GI Bill® at career schools like the one I attended. Politicians must understand that not every veteran wants to attend a public university. In fact, many of us—including myself—found the traditional college experience to be a bad fit.”
In an opinion piece written for the Daily Comet, a local paper in Louisiana, VCE Ambassador and Army National Guard Veteran Kenneth Mejia wrote about his service and experience at a career school. In the oped, Kenneth talks about how his career school helped save his life. Kenneth writes:
"During one of our labs in class at Unitech, my instructor and education director ran an EKG test on me. The results revealed abnormalities. I immediately went back to the VA medical facility and, after finally being seen, it was determined that I had a fatal heart condition. Within days, I was undergoing surgery for a defibrillator."