As America pays tribute on Memorial Day to U.S. service members who gave their lives for this country, it's also important to remember others who have served and are still with us.
Some veterans and their families may face significant financial challenges as they transition to civilian life, and many may not be aware of many of the benefits to which they are entitled.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is one of the best-known military benefits for veterans, paying for full tuition and fees at a college or university, a monthly housing allowance while you are in school and $1,000 a year for books and supplies. But it may not cover all education costs.
That's where the Leave No Veteran Behind program comes in. The non-profit organization offers retroactive scholarships for veterans who are not covered by the GI Bill.
"Some had family medical issues which made it take longer to earn their degree. Some wanted a higher degree when their GI Bill benefits would only cover an Associates' degree," said Eli Williamson, co-founder of Leave No Veteran Behind. "Some veterans may have entered the military with a degree and student loans. The GI Bill does not work retroactively, so they still must find a way to pay off that student debt."