Patrick Osborn

Obama Aims to Protect Vets from ‘Deceptive Targeting’ by Schools

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — During his trip to Fort Stewart, Ga., on Friday, President Obama will sign an executive order aimed at protecting veterans and their families from “aggressive and deceptive targeting” by educational institutions.

The measure is intended to crack down on improper recruiting practices by colleges and for-profit institutions, and to strengthen student protections overall.  It will also require colleges to provide transparent information about their outcomes and financial aid.

“We feel that we have a sacred trust with those who serve and protect our nation, in fact all students, to protect them against what is inappropriate behavior by some educational institutions,” a senior administration official told reporters Thursday afternoon.

The order is part of the president’s ongoing “We Can’t Wait” executive action campaign.

“Members of Congress have introduced legislation to address these issues, but the Administration believes we must do all we can administratively to protect veterans from these deceptive practices by improving the quality of information and services that these schools must provide,” according to the White House.

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