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NEWS The DeVille School of Business April 2014 VOL 7 From Afghanistan to Walsh Service Beyond the Call Emily and Shane Fletcher in Afghanistan “Everywhere we turned at Walsh, we were met with understanding, support and determination to help us achieve our degrees.” for several months before Shane’s deployment a timely fashion, while juggling everything ended and he returned to his base in Tennessee. else in our lives. Everywhere we turned at Walsh, we were met with understanding, The couple kept in touch during their support and determination to help us separation and made plans for their future achieve our degrees.” life together which included the shared goal to earn their bachelor’s degrees. In December 2012, Emily graduated from Walsh, one week before their daughter When Emily’s service ended after her deployment in 2009, she moved back home Madeline was born, with a degree in accounting and a new job waiting for her to Canton and immediately enrolled at in the State Auditor’s Office. Walsh as an accounting major. “I tried to convince Emily to move to Tennessee, but she wouldn’t leave Walsh,” Shane Fletcher said Shane. “Now that I’m a part of the University, I can understand why.” At times, the transition from military service to civilian life can be difficult for veterans A recipient of the Purple Heart for wounds who are used to the organized, structured he received in Afghanistan, Shane’s service and sometimes dangerous life in the military. in the Army ended in August 2010. That But for Emily ’12 and Shane Fletcher, the same month, he moved to Canton to be camaraderie and support of their military near Emily and enrolled at Walsh as a lives has been mirrored in their experience at marketing major. Walsh University’s DeVille School of Business. Both Emily and Shane attended Walsh Emily Kleinknecht Fletcher always knew through the Yellow Ribbon Program. The she wanted to attend Walsh University. But Yellow Ribbon Program, designed for active members or veterans of the U.S. Armed as a graduate from Central Catholic High Forces, is a partnership between Walsh School in Canton, Ohio, she decided that University and the Veterans’ Administration she “wanted to see the world first.” With the support of her parents and family, Emily to help fund tuition expenses and make a Walsh education more affordable for those joined the Air Force. After basic training who served our country. More than half of in San Antonio, Texas, she was deployed to the 40 Walsh veteran students are currently Kuwait in 2006 for five months. Stationed enrolled in the business program. in Minot, North Dakota, in 2008, Emily, an E-4 Senior Airman, made the generous Two years later, Walsh had become such a offer to take the place of a friend who was being positive presence in their lives that Shane deployed to Afghanistan. It was there that and Emily even decided to get married at she met her future husband, Shane Fletcher. Walsh’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel. Growing up in Kansas City, Shane joined the U.S. Army after high school in 2004 and after basic training in Tennessee, he served as an E-5 Sergeant in both Iraq (2005) and Afghanistan in 2008-09. Shane and Emily served together in Afghanistan “These past couple of years have been chaos! And I can say that with a smile on my face,” said Shane. “Through it all, Walsh has been amazing. Dr. Carole Mount has been my advisor and I credit her for personally helping me get through the program in such Shane is graduating this May with a degree in marketing. He hopes to continue his service to the United States by working for the U.S. government or possibly the National Security Agency. “Everything happens for a reason,” said Shane. “Emily wasn’t even supposed to go to Afghanistan. She wasn’t even up for deployment. But if she hadn’t volunteered to go to Afghanistan, we would’ve never met and I would never have come to Walsh. I really believe God was directing her decision.” Emily and Shane Fletcher on their wedding day at Walsh University

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