In 2012, President Barack Obama banned deceptive and aggressive recruiting tactics by for-profit colleges, so the University of Phoenix instead sponsors events at military bases to woo veterans – and their GI Bill money – to its educational programs.
The GI Bill does not require schools to be accredited. The loophole is meant to allow veterans to attend trade schools, but Reveal has found 2,000 schools cashing in, including ones that teach scuba diving, dog grooming and yoga.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced its chronic backlog of veterans’ disability claims, but so far, the agency is struggling to meet its self-imposed deadline of eliminating long wait times by 2015.
Two years ago, the system that provides American veterans with health care was rocked by scandal when whistleblowers exposed that vets were dying while the Phoenix VA concealed them on a secret waiting list. Reveal revisits the scandal and investigates what happened next.
Veterans Choice is Congress’ hastily crafted response to the scandal of veterans dying while awaiting appointments at VA medical facilities. Many veterans call it “No Choice” or “Bad Choice.”
Atomic veterans feel abused, neglected and forgotten by the government and a country that exposed them to unforeseen risks. In the decades since the nuclear tests, many have suffered ailments such as cancer and blame the radiation.
Investors claim the school hid the fact that millions of dollars in revenue for the for-profit college came from a sophisticated – and prohibited – strategy of targeting veterans.
The Pentagon has taken the University of Phoenix off probation, three months after suspending the for-profit school from its military financial aid program and from recruiting on military bases.
Using Veterans Day as a backdrop, the Obama administration announced its support for a bill that seeks to rein in for-profit schools that prey on veterans and military personnel eligible for the GI Bill and military tuition assistance programs.
Sen. John McCain stood by the University of Phoenix after the Defense Department put it on probation, claiming that the move was orchestrated by a lawmaker who has a record of not supporting the military. But the Arizona senator has been criticized for his own actions on veterans issues.