Veterans Tell Elite Colleges: 'We Belong'

At Elite Colleges, a Push to Enroll More Veterans 1

Frank Mullin, Brown U.

A Veterans Day observance at Brown U. brought out David Salsone (center, in gray slacks), who enrolled under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and federal Yellow Ribbon Program. This year, he is one of six undergraduate veterans at Brown.

As David Salsone planned to leave the Navy several years ago and enroll in college on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, his supervisor in Bahrain mocked him.

"Where do you think you're going, Salsone?" he would say. "Harvard?"

Mr. Salsone, a petty officer second class, kept quiet. "Maybe," he remembers thinking. "Or someplace just as good."