Due to the recent economic woes afflicting the domestic economy, federal policy-makers are seeking to re-examine program expenditures they do not perceive as justifying the costs. One such program that falls within the Department of Defense is the Military Tuition Assistance program. Policy-makers seek to understand and determine the value for funding of this program as it provides tuition assistance to active-duty military. One such method to establish value for the benefit is to study the effect that it has upon the transition of active-duty military into the civilian economy. Attempting to address the problem of federal policy makers eliminating active-duty tuition assistance benefit funds for overseas transitioning veterans due to their lack of knowledge regarding its value as defined by veteran’s quality of life, this researcher conducted a study to determine if there were differences between the experience of six OCONUS transitioning veterans who had, or had not, utilized tuition assistance educational benefits while on active duty in the areas of health, employment opportunity, and family commitment. Utilizing purposeful sampling and active recruitment of participants, this study included interviews of veterans to collect data on their perceptions of personal quality of life. Themes that emerged on the veterans’ transition attempts included: 1) Veterans perceive themselves as in good health with no difference since active-duty; 2) Veteran transition provides a new set of stressors; 3) Networking instead of post-secondary educational achievement is perceived as the primary driver for post active-duty employment; 4) Increased salary is not perceived as important as job satisfaction; and 5) Increased time at home is perceived to be responsible for improved family satisfaction. These results suggest a need for further research with regard to what types of assistance best contribute to successful veteran transition.
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education finance, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Active-duty military, Civilian economy, Veterans|
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