Thank you for the opportunity to share our thoughts on the needs of student borrowers of color as you undertake Higher Education Act reauthorization. Veterans Education Success represents veterans, servicemembers, military families, and survivors. According to the Defense Department, more than 30% of the Armed Forces (including officers) identify as people of color (not including Latino or Hispanic).1 In addition, 15.5% identify as Latino or Hispanic, including 16.5% of self-identified whites. 2 The non-officer (enlisted) ranks are more heavily non-white.