Our vision of veterans is quickly changing in our country. All WWI veterans are gone. WWII veterans are dying off and Vietnam veterans are old. No longer will 'veteran' be used to describe this rotting archetype, an image of forgotten honor. Coming out of two wars, there are a lot of young people who need help making it in their post-war careers. A lot of military families trying to adjust back to normalcy. The largest growing population of Veterans aren't enlisting in nursing homes, they are enrolling back into school and applying for homes. To get non military jobs, it is often necessary to go back to school. Unfortunately, rules like this one ^^^ stagnate this process. Veterans, of all people, should be given the concession to continue their education in a country without out-of-state parameters such as this one.
To get non military jobs, it is often necessary to go back to school.
A college education is necessary in today's world. I would hate to think that something such as this is keeping our veterans from going to college. After these people put their lives on the line for our freedom, the least we can do is consider them in-state students for public universities. It's a real shame that this has happened. While people may be against our inventions overseas, that still doesn't make it OK for someone to not respect our veterans and give them what they deserve.
I am not a veteran but I understand the theory behind this quote. Growing up I moved around often and to many different states. When people ask me where I'm from I always say North Carolina because thats where I've lived the last few years. When I actually think about it I'm not really from anywhere. I haven't grown up in the same state and my extended family is spread out across the country as well. When applying to colleges I was limited to the universities only in NC because my parents wouldn't pay the out-of-state tuition which is significantly higher. Although I love UNC I would have chosen a different school out of state if money was no issue. In a perfect world there would be no difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition, especially for veterans, but I see why it is necessary.
I agree with Megan and all of the above comments that veterans should be granted in state status. These people put their lives on the line for all of us here at UNC and our country, and to put up road blocks to make it harder for them to get a college education is unheard of. Maybe they couldn't afford to go to school prior to enlisting, or had family problems, but now that they have served our country they should be guaranteed a college education that many of us take for granted. If that means granting veterans in state status that is the least we can do to thank and repay them for their actions.
Although the Post 9/11 GI Bill has helped 860,000 veterans pursue higher education opportunities, much more can be done to ensure that they are able to finance an education. Providing instate status to all veterans despite where they come from is a modest reward for serving out country. This is important as it is now necessary to have a degree from an institution of higher education in order to receive a non-military job and fully acclimate back into a healthy civilian lifestyle.
I found this very interesting because I had never taken into account how veteran students felt, especially since most of them in my opinion give off a very tough demeanor. This year, I feel as if I have witnessed the growth of student involved in military programs and student organizations. I thought this comment posed a very good start to a conversation that faculty members (particularly members of high authority and leaders at this institution) need to have. Many of the student who chose to go into the military probably expected that they would receive great benefits, and are upset and frustrated that they are now receiving benefits they thought were pre-established.