Some TX colleges see enrollment boost from vets

October 5, 2009 7:12:37 AM PDT
New student veterans are enrolling in larger numbers at colleges in Central Texas and both sides are creating resources to ease the transition. Experts say some of the veterans, including those recently returned from combat, have trouble adjusting to college life.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Sunday that three central Texas colleges are experiencing sharp increases in student veterans. Officials at Texas State University-San Marcos, Austin Community College and the University of Texas say they are doing everything from creating a new position to setting up a dedicated Web site with resources for veterans.

Nationally, 300,000 veterans applied for expanded benefits for college education under the new Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Meanwhile, some student veterans are creating their own associations to help them in their new roles.

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