Category Archives : Testimonial Entries


Moses Maddox

Moses Maddox served two tours of duty in Iraq as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps. An IAVA member, Maddox appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman in May to talk about his experience in Iraq, the importance of getting an education and his frustrations with his job search when transitioning out of the military.

In July, the Los Angeles Times reported on Maddox’s difficulties with his for-profit school:

After Moses Maddox left the Marine Corps in 2006, he took a sales job with the for-profit University of Phoenix, making up to 100 calls a day to persuade veterans to enroll using their GI Bill benefits.

Only after he enrolled himself did the former corporal discover that the state university he wanted to attend didn’t accept the nine course credits he’d earned at Phoenix.

“Basically, I wasted my GI Bill benefits — just like a lot of other veterans I talk to,” said Maddox, who until recently was a veterans benefits counselor at Palomar College in San Diego County.

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Chris Pantzke

Disabled Iraq war veteran Chris Pantzke has helped spread the word about the frustration he’s experienced while studying photography as an online student at Education Management Corp.’s Art Institute of Pittsburgh. In September 2011, his story was the focus of a Frontline Investigative Report on PBS:

Click here to watch the full report on PBS.

As Bloomberg reports:

The post 9/11 GI Bill, which took effect August 1, 2009, expanded military benefits for returning soldiers and has provided about half of the $50,000 in financial aid Pantzke has received. The for-profit college industry has tripled revenue in the past decade to nearly $30 billion by taking advantage of U.S.-supported federal loans and grants and is targeting the more than 1.2 million war veterans deployed since 2001 in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Click here to watch a Bloomberg interview with Pantzke.

Have you had difficulties with your GI Bill benefits and a for-profit school? Tell us your story and get help.