Thank you for Serving


Veterans - the next big issue

Great post at Forbes from IAVA Founder and Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff entitled "Camo is the Next Pink".  His goal at IAVA - the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America - is to dramatically increase awareness of Veterans issues.  IAVA already is a great resource for GI Bill information and they are a leading advocate for Senate Bill 3447 - the Post 9/11 GI Bill change legislation currently stalled in Congress.

His point is that there is Pink everywhere to increase awareness of breast cancer and that issue has gone from being ignored to becoming one of the best known 'brands' in America.  Camo in support of Veterans should be just as important.

From his post:
"Ultimately, the daunting “Veterans Issue” can be broken down and owned. If scholarships are it, call the Pat Tillman Foundation. Green jobs training for vets? Reach out to Veterans Green Jobs. Support for families who lost a loved one? Reach out to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. This is more than charity. It’s an investment in a generation of dynamic American leaders-our country’s next “Greatest Generation.”"

We should all work towards making Camo the next Pink!  A worthy goal so that we can really, truly, thank and honor Veterans.


Please help us help you! Short Survey

Please take a quick moment and fill out a short survey on military education

It will really help us create better education programs for Military, Veterans, spouses and families.  Thank you in advance for you help.  We will post the results on the blog in a few months.


Best Cyber Monday deal - invest in YOU!

I know - this is the big online shopping day.  But before you spend all your money on gifts  - don't forget to invest in you.  The New Year is rapidly approaching and the best investment you can make is in your education.  And the best online education you can find is with American University System:

Why is it the best?  Because we offer the highest quality, lowest cost programs so that you can truly maximize your GI Bill, TA or MyCAA.

If you apply now, it means you can be taking classes in 2011 - and making an investment a secure future is a much a better way to spend Cyber Monday.


MBA Scholarships

We have been waiting a little while to announce this - but it is great new!  New England College of Business and Finance is now offering MBA's - and to get people excited about this new program, the charter class starting on January 10th, 2011 will receive a $5,000 tuition scholarship bringing the total cost of an online MBA down to $16,500 - this is absolutely amazing.

And NECB is regionally accredited and has been teaching finance to the banking industry for over 100 years - this is a great program.

I meet so many in the military that know that an MBA will help in them in the military and prepare them for life after the military.  And the NECB program is just a great way to essentially eliminate any out-of-pocket expenses using GI Bill or TA.

Your New Year's resolution should be to earn your MBA with NECB!


Over $1 Million in MBA Scholarships for Military

Yesterday was a significant milestone for the Florida International University Corporate MBA program - in just 5 months we have given away over $1 million in scholarships to military Service members, Veterans, their spouses and family members. 

Now that is being truly military friendly!

Most of the Service members I work with are using Tuition Assistance or GI Bill - essentially bring the cost down to one quarter of the actual tuition cost. 

If you are interested, please go to the website and see some of the quotes from our Veterans in the program:


Our new website is UP

Take a look - great stuff and all in one place: for all your education needs and tracks when we are going to be on your military base!


Peterson AFB and Air Force Academy Education Fair

If you are in Colorado Springs today, November 16, 2010, meet me at the Education Fair at Peterson Air Force Base from 11-1!  If you can't make it there, meet me at the Air Force Academy tomorrow, November 17, 2010.

There is nothing like being on base and helping people realize their educational goals.


MyCAA for a Master's?

The changes to the MyCAA program have been significant.  They have limited the military spouse education funding program to certain ranks and it can only be used for an Associates Degree or for a certificate program.  This seem to block out anyone trying to earn a master's degree - especially troublesome because many military spouses are teachers and a master's in teaching can really help your career if you have to move every 2-3 years.

But never underestimate the resourcefulness of military spouses.

One teacher, currently stationed in Japan, wants to earn her Master's in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL specialization leading to an ESL certificate.  Because it leads to a certificate, she can use her MyCAA dollars.  And because the program is from American College of Education, she only has to pay $6950 total for he program - subtract the $4,000 that MyCAA will pay and she can earn her M.Ed. for $2,950!!

So I called the MyCAA program just to make sure and they confirmed that because the course work leads to an additional certificate for the teacher, it does meet he requirements.  This is also true for our Education Leadership degree leading to principal certificate and our Educational Technology degree leading to a technology certificate!

This is great news for any military spouse who is teaching.  It can really take your teaching career to the next level.


GI Bill Fixes Cost Too Much?

Changes to the GI Bill might get stalled in the new Congress due to costs.  The Congressional Budget Office came out with estimates for S 3447 of $236 million in the first year and $2.3 billion over the first decade. 

My gut reaction is - OK - doesn't that really pale in comparison to laying your life on the line for your country?

However, we supposedly have "Pay as you Go" now in Congress.  If they create a new entitlement for $2.3 billion, they have to find $2.3 billion in cuts or new taxes somewhere else.  With the Tea Party demanding deficit reduction and all citizens demanding accountability, it will be very difficult to get this passed.

They did ignore Pay as you Go for the Post 9/11 GI Bill - so it can be done.  But that was then, this is now. 

Best thing to do is write your Congressman and Senators to urge them to pass S3447 and the House Version HR 5933!!  Post 9/11 GI Bill was a great start and these new bills will go a long way towards helping all Veterans achieve their education goals.


Veterans Day Quotes

Sadly it was a little more difficult than I thought to find great quotes for Veterans Day - but here they are as a Thank You to Honor Veterans everywhere!

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John Fitzgerald Kennedy

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. George Orwell

In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. José Narosky

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. G.K. Chesterton

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. Mark Twain

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. Joseph Campbell

For those that will fight for it...FREEDOM...has a flavor the protected shall never know L/Cpl Edwin L. "Tim" Craft 1968 Khe Sanh Combat Base

Courage is endurance for one moment more… Unknown Marine Second Lieutenant in Vietnam

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. General George Patton, US Army

The morale of soldiers comes from three things: a feeling that they have an important job to do, a feeling that they are trained to do it well, and a feeling that their good work is appreciated and recognized. Unknown

From all of us at American University System - Thank you for your service to our Country.

Military Veteran MBA's

For Veteran's day we wanted to get some thoughts from our Military Veteran MBA's in the Florida International University program. Freddie Sanquiche, who is pictured above took the program because he went from being an Apache Crewchief in the Air Force to a civilian contractor in Iraq and needed an online program to be able to advance his career.  He told me that "The Veterans scholarship made it affordable for me to pursue my master's degree."

Andy Gammel served six years in Marine Corps Special Operations and now works in the oil business.  He told me;  "I chose FIU because of the high academic standing, the highest accreditation level for MBA's, good program value and a fully online program."

All Military Veterans, Active Duty and their immediate families qualify for the $20,000 military scholarship.  You only need a military ID to take advantage of an amazing program at an affordable price.

For Veterans Day: Troops become Teachers

Military Veterans in the classroom is not a new story.  But American College of Education is helping Veterans advance into leadership positions and enhance their teaching practice by earning their master's degrees. 

We have just posted their great stories on our website!  Denise Kemp is a Second grade teacher in North Caroline and is still in the Air Force reserves.  The quote that really hits home: “I decided to go into teaching because my favorite part of being a supervisor in the military was training airmen how to do their job".

David Starr is teaching Fifth Grade in Illinois.  He is in the National Guard and spent a year training troops for Afghanistan and Iraq.  He loves the fact that in his master's degree program he has "been expose to new ideas that I have implemented in the classroom.  I have been more focused on research-based theories and practices."

Mark Osenko teaches Eighth Grade History in Connecticut.  He served in the Marine Corps in the Infantry (I imagine his history class is learning about the Marine Corps' 235th birthday today!).  He went into teaching to "help students reach their full potential".

All of our students are using the GI Bill to earn their Master's in Education.  This is a tremendous opportunity.  The prevailing theme in speaking with these Veterans/teachers who are now students is that they love the opportunity to serve this country a second time in our classrooms.

Thank you and we honor you on this Veterans Day!


Marine Corps Quotes - Celebrating 235 Years

There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.  Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army

Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share. Ned Dolan

The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!
MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952

Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem. Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985

To ERR is human, to FORGIVE divine. HOWEVER, neither is Marine Corps Policy. Unknown

“The MARINES have landed and have the situation well in hand!”  RICHARD HARDING DAVIS
For More Marine Corps Quotes


Get the Facts on MyCAA

I still get quite a few questions from military spouses on the MyCAA program.  It is a DoD funded scholarship for military spouses that provide $4,000 in education funding for certificate or associate degree programs. 

From the MyCAA site - click here the resources you need to answer the following questions.:
  • Who is eligible to participate in the MyCAA Program
  • What MyCAA funding does and does not pay for
  • How to establish a MyCAA Account
  • How to provide feedback to MyCAA
  • How to get additional information and assistance.

Click here to review new MyCAA Program Guidelines. Updated FAQs for Spouses and FAQs for Schools provide additional information.  If a video is more to your liking, there is a MyCAA Video.
Don't mess around on this.  The money seems to come and go with the federal budget.  And with budget cuts looming, you don't want to have missed out on a great opportunity. 
Remember when you are enrolling in MyCAA:  New England College of Business has an Associate Degree in Business for Military Spouses for a total tuition cost of $4,000:


Veterans Day Discounts! has a great listing of Veterans Day Discounts.  I think I might have to partake of a free Krispy Kreme - too good to pass up.

Having served in the '80's, it is just great to see American really appreciate the sacrifices our Veterans make for this country.  This small way of saying thank you is outstanding.

Other great deals for Veterans Day:

  1. New England College of Business and Finance - steep discounts for military AND spouses
  2. Florida International University - $20,000 scholarship for veterans, active duty military and families
  3. American College of Education - Master's in Education at less than $7,000
More to come as we salute and honor our Veterans!


$1,000,000 in Military Scholarships!

Next week is Veteran's Day and one of our greatest schools is closing in on providing over $1,000,000 in military scholarships for MBA's.  Since June, we have already given away $900,000 - and we are looking for the next 5 military Service members, Veterans, Spouses or immediate family members to make it to the big $1 million mark.

So if you were thinking about earning your MBA online from a reputable university like Florida International, this is the program for you.  Go to - all you need is a valid military ID to claim the scholarship.  And this includes base employees.

Best Colleges for Veterans!

Arkansas State University - Jonesboro is number 10 at of ALL colleges rated by military Veterans!  This is a huge honor and is based on financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services rated by Military Times EDGE

This is a pretty big deal.  If you are looking to earn a master's in teaching and are a military Veteran serving hte classroom, this is the school for you!

Accounting Degree with FREE Tutoring

We just launched a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) to offer an Associate of Applied Business Degree in Accounting.  If, in the past, you were afraid of online learning for fear of getting stuck with no help - fear no more!  This degree program comes with 24/7 FREE tutoring to help you with any academic problems you encounter!  It is all included in the price: $112 for Ohio residents, $229 for all others - still well under the Tuition Assistance or GI Bill rates.

This is amazing.  And are they military friendly?  Tri-C has served more than 22,000 veterans through their associate degree programs.

How to enroll in MyCAA

All you need to know to enroll in the new MyCAA program for spouses.  This is a 'how to' video that walks you step by step through the process so you can access the scholarship money for your Associate's degree.  Also explained is the Associate Degree from New England College of Business with a total tuition cost of $4,000 for ALL active duty spouses.  Take advantage of this great program today!