The following piece originally appeared on Forbes.com. It is written by Brad Phillips of the Institute for Evidence Based Change, a Lumina Foundation grantee.
The largest influx of veterans since the end of World War II will return to the workforce and college in the next several years. The surge is the result of military downsizing following wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and steep cuts to the Pentagon’s budget. As the nation heads into the Memorial Day weekend and seeks lasting ways to honor military service, we have some suggestions.
To help veterans successfully return to college and civilian life, more states are requiring colleges to give veterans credit for their experience and knowledge gained serving our country. The challenge and opportunity is figuring out how many credits military training and experience is worth.