What happens when they come home? Post 9-11 GI Bill! Get paid to go to school. 36 months at any state or public university, or other participating institution. Full tuition plus housing allowance (if you're not too PTSD to study, that is).
I'm from Portland, I went to art school, sheeit I love white bread (Franz, of course). I joined the navy. Best artistic experience of my modest career. Sometimes a change of uniform can be just the sort of self-defiance that leads to those luscious green creative pastures.
We should absolutely fell free to criticize the military or U.S. policy. Ideally, these high-end classes would be being taught by well-compensated, well-qualified teachers earning a living wage commensurate with their experience and education. Given the circumstances, however, I would rather have PPS students getting a good science/global studies lesson from a dispassionate public sector professional than a private sector contractor who is hustling to keep their job at the behest of shareholders concerned only with their profit margins. Besides, for all the negative stereotypes the military endures in this town, we can't all be creative executives or musician-baristas. I love you guys and all, but lets be fair here; if we're going to make a deal with the devil, wouldn't we rather be beholden to the common devil we all know?
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