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Veterans Failing Shows Hazards of For-Profit Schools in GI Bill

Chris Pantzke suffered a brain injury from a car bomb while serving in the Iraq War. Determined to get new skills and make a living after returning home, he joined more than 300,000 veterans taking advantage of a new GI Bill offering college tuition.

These days, Pantzke, who has post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, yells at his wife and punches the wall when he can’t understand his homework assignments. He enrolled last year in the online division of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, owned by the for-profit college company Education Management Corp. His veteran’s benefit and other federal aid pay the $20,000-plus annual tab.