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Operation Education Inc.

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THE STORY:

Mission:
Our goal is to raise retention and graduation rates among student veterans and help them transition from their military service to higher education and, ultimately, rewarding careers.

How We Are Helping:
By increasing the rates of veteran successes during the transition to civilian life, we hope to positively impact other veteran issues such as homelessness and suicide which are plaguing the veteran population of this country.

What We’re Doing Now:
-Find partner 4-year universities and develop programs to ensure increasing levels of success for student veterans.
-Study and spread successful programs to different colleges and universities wherever possible.
-Establish localized fundraising for local student veterans. This will increase the sense of community and begin to bridge the growing gap between veteran and civilian populations.

What We’re Developing:
-Work with Community Colleges (where drop-out rates for veterans are highest) and funnel student veterans to partner universities.
-Empower and connect Student Veteran Organizations.
-Increase visibility for student veterans, and promote academic research and study of the veteran experience and transitional issues in contemporary America.

Stats:
-Veteran dropout rate in higher education is between 55% and 75%, depending on survey. National average dropout rate for civilian students is at 40% as of 2014 studies.
-Less than 10% of the population claims veteran status, but one in three homeless people are veterans. Of these, more than half are either of Hispanic or African American heritage. Additionally, those aged 18-30 are at 10% of the population and growing.
-A veteran commits suicide almost every hour (22 per day) according to the most recent study done by the VA. Suicide rates for veterans are 50% higher than any other population in the United States.

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