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The Importance of Advocating for Those Who Serve

Nov 11, 2021

By WGU Team

WGU’s mission is to create pathways to opportunity for all students, not just our own. We are especially focused on smoothing the path for those from traditionally underserved communities and others who face seemingly insurmountable hurdles as they pursue higher education.

For many military service members and veterans, accessing education and training opportunities can be particularly difficult. Employment, family obligations, and health challenges can stand in the way of chances to upskill and reskill into rewarding careers. 

All students—including those who have served our country—deserve affordable, flexible, and portable education options. WGU is consistently working with policymakers, education leaders, and employers to change the landscape of higher education and create ways to support students along their journey. Read on to see how WGU leaders nationwide are advocating for former and current military members and their families.

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WGU Chancellor and Army Veteran Encourages Servicemembers to Utilize G.I. Bill

By Dr. Ben Coulter, WGU Southeast Regional Director

Overall, the number of veterans using the G.I. Bill has declined in recent years. I strongly encourage all active-duty service members and veterans who qualify to take full advantage of the G.I. Bill. READ MORE

“I wanted to take advantage of the spare time I would have in Kuwait by working on my master’s degree. Of course, being halfway around the world with unreliable equipment and internet connections meant that I needed a school that was completely online, accredited, and would work with my schedule. I was so excited to find out that WGU is competency-based. Regardless of where my military career took me, I was able to continue my work toward my degree.”

Nathan Siebach

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

M.S. Management and Leadership

How Does WGU Support Military Students?


Military Support at WGU


WGU Military Scholarships


GI Bill® Education Benefits


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