Veterans are flocking to college as wars wind down

KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press
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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Adam Fisher isn’t your typical college freshman.

At 25, he’s older than most classmates. He’s married, too.

While many fellow students spent the past couple years in high school, Fisher was dodging bullets and roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now a civilian, Fisher is trying to make the transition from the battlefields to the classrooms of the University of Toledo.

About two months into a new mission, he’s far from alone.

The government says 1 million veterans and their dependents have enrolled in colleges over the past four years.

This influx has come with the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and more generous financial incentives that generally cover a veteran’s tuition, housing and books.

Many veterans face an array of challenges in making the college transition.

 

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