Veterans without degrees are much more likely to hold non-degree credentials than their non-veteran peers, according to a survey.

Those non-degree credentials provide meaningful financial returns: veterans with certificates or certifications earn an average of $10,000 more per year than veterans with no postsecondary credentials.

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Military veterans are more likely to hold non-degree credentials--here's how to support them

Prior research has shown that the skills and knowledge veterans gain in the military are often under-recognized and undervalued by civilian employers. Veterans in particular are harmed by the lack of recognition and transparency of non-degree credentials.

The new report from Strada Education Network and Lumina Foundation, “Veterans Without Degrees: The Benefits and Opportunities of Certificates and Certifications,” draws on veterans’ perspectives to understand the value of non-degree credentials as a means of translating military-based learning and the civilian labor market.

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