With the help of a private sector university, a war veteran named Jesse Gray, owner of BargainVeteran.com, was able to achieve his goal of graduating with honors, while also defending his country. He was able to earn a college degree, while being deployed in war zones around the world and used his education to start a company that helps military and local charities around the United States. This is just one of many veterans who have attended private sector schools and achieved more for themselves.
Critics of private sector colleges and universities often cynically assert that career-oriented schools target military veterans for financial reasons. But they fail to acknowledge the unique value these institutions provide to former and current service members like me.
Vocational colleges often attract military personnel because of the no-frills approach to readying students for the workforce after graduation. Many times, programs are tailored to the needs of vets who work part-time jobs or are full-time parents, and these schools recognize the fact that not all college students are 19 years old with little in terms of responsibility.
Instead of targeting private sector colleges and universities with inane criticisms and bureaucratic Federal regulations, cynics should consider the implications of limiting high-quality and practical higher education options for veterans.