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BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky — A program aimed at helping veterans hone their skills through education to prepare them for careers is seeing booming registration at Western Kentucky University.

The Veterans Upward Bound initiative has jumped from 99 participants in the 2008-09 school year to 165 veterans in the 2012-13 year. Final numbers for this year's participants will be calculated Sept. 30, but to date the program had 128 veterans participating.

The program coordinator, Rick Wright, told The Daily News (http://bit.ly/1pOTslg) that the staff tries to match veterans with schools and degrees that could lead to jobs that require skills similar to ones they learned in the military.

"The least we can do for these brave men and women is to offer them a good education so they can get a good job," Wright said.

Kentucky has 2,000 to 3,200 veterans younger than 25 years old, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The state has 339,000 veterans of all ages.


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