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To promote academic, social and professional success for future and former Marines through a network of affordable housing and supportive services on college campuses nationwide.
Veterans are not using their education benefits. Over 90% of service members enroll in the GI Bill program, which requires them to contribute $100 per month during their first year of active service. In return, these veterans receive $1075 each month in education benefits for up to 36 months. However, only 57% of veterans who pay into the plan ever use any portion of the benefit.
This lackluster number represents a missed opportunity for the service member, the Marine Corps, academia, and society. Veterans who use their education benefit have lower unemployment rates and higher lifetime earnings. In fact, men over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree make a median average of $500 more a week than those with just a high school diploma.
Semper Fi House will provide Marines with a clear path to college via affordable housing, campus mentors, and support services from other academic and professional organizations. We aim to set the conditions for academic, social, and professional success for future and former Marines through our national network of Semper Fi Houses.
A Semper Fi House provides multiple opportunities for friendship, leadership, and professional advancement within the context of a supportive living environment. We are ensuring that future and former Marines, including Officer Candidates and prior service members, have a chance to learn from one another while maintaining the culture and Esprit de Corps embodied by a US Marine.
- Prescott Paulin
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