Helping Veterans Integrate Into College by The 21st published on 2018-06-19T17:33:00Z For many veterans, the adjustment back to civilian life can be extremely difficult. So ten years ago, Congress allocated tens of billions of dollars’ for veterans’ college expenses in what’s known as the 9/11 G-I bill. But the graduation rates of veterans across the country are still suffering, especially at community colleges. An independent review of federal data found that an average of only 15 percent of full-time students at community colleges receiving GI Bill money graduated with a two-year degree in 2014. That’s according to the most recent data. McHenry County College in Crystal Lake is one of a handful of community colleges working on addressing this issue. At McHenry the “Journey Home Project” allows veterans to enroll in a series of humanities courses designed to help them reintegrate into society and get their degrees. We spoke with two instructors from McHenry County College who are involved with The Journey Home Project. Mark Waters is an english instructor and Todd Culp is a history and political science instructor.