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History and Origins

Branches of the Military
Above: Veterans Upward Bound Program services Veterans from all five branches of the military assisting them with pre-college goals. 

Upward Bound was the first TRIO program, and the classic, or original, Upward Bound Program (UB) remains the largest of the programs in terms of annual funding allocations. TRIO began with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which authorized 18 pilot programs in 1965, and the program was expanded a year later to 220 projects. 

The Veterans Upward Bound Program (VUB), the focus of this report, began in 1972 during the Vietnam War to provide educational and support services enabling veterans to transition to postsecondary education. 

In 1972, the same year Veterans Upward Bound Program was begun, the Educational Opportunity Centers Program (EOC) to serve adults was authorized. The many components of Upward Bound are inclusive of pertinent services and resources that encourage postsecondary education.

The information was provided by the U.S Department of Education.