President signs order targeting aggressive college recruiters
RICHLAND, Wash. -- Heading off to college can be a challenge for anyone, but for veterans, the transition can be even tougher.
Especially when shady college recruiters try to take advantage of their benefits.
Last week, President Obama signed an executive order setting some tough rules when it comes to recruiting veterans.
Local college advisors at CBC and WSU Tri-Cities say they've heard of problems from vets about aggressive recruiting tactics.
Advisors say a big reason for vets falling victim to scams is lack of knowledge about college paperwork.
"When I got out of the military ready to use the GI bill, I had no understanding of how the university system and all that stuff worked," explains Jason Alves, veteran affairs coordinator at WSU Tri-Cities.
The order will trademark the GI bill, and will allow the V. A. to go after phony military web sites. It also requires schools to provide graduation rates and financial aid information.
In addition, the executive order will allow the Department of Defense to create rules about the type of schools that are allowed to visit bases to advertise to vets.