In Iraq, despite it being war, there were a few creature comforts. About halfway through my tour, our living area was wired to receive the Armed Forces Network, which meant some sports, sitcoms, and movies from the States. But it wasn’t just the content that I enjoyed, but the commercials. They were mostly filmed by public affairs soldiers and relevant to the AFN audiences in Germany and Italy. What was interesting to me, was that the only commercial I remember seeing that wasn’t produced by the military advertised the online program at the University of Phoenix.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) are currently asking for stories from their members about predatory for-profit schools after attending a Senate Health, Education, and Labor Committee meeting about how these schools are preying on active military and veterans using the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Over the next few weeks, Veteran Journal will be running a series of articles about these schools, what they do that is predatory, and how to complete the program if you’re already stuck there. Anyone out there with a story or questions, please e-mail me.
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