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Vets in Higher Education: Four Stories to Inspire Your Pursuit of a Degree by Heidi Lynn Russell Contributing Editor


hinking of going back to school, but not sure how you’ll fit in socially or fare academically in English Composition 101? Here are the stories of four veterans who not only returned to campus, but successfully worked to overcome a myriad of challenges, from wartime wounds that hindered their progress, to failed classes, to readjusting to a younger generation on campus. Their bottom-line message to other veterans: Sure, university life can be a stark contrast to military culture, but with hard work, outside-the-box thinking, regular communication with advisors and dogged determination, a degree is attainable — and so is a fulfilling career after you’ve received your diploma.

Nick Lawless:

Fighting Back, in Spite of His Back Before cracking a book at Binghamton University in January 2010, Army PFC Nick Lawless had already faced two significant hurdles that could have impeded his academic goals: He had a broken back from an Army injury, and he was dealing with depression and anxiety over only serving two years in the Army because of the back injury. “I was a great soldier and heard

that all the time, but my back didn’t let me do it,” he says. He’d tried to re-imagine a new life and latched onto a dream of becoming a zoologist, but even that dream was dashed because of the back injury. Plus, campus life presented its own challenges. “I definitely felt out of place. I was 25-26 years old, walking with a cane.” Lawless recalls. He failed a class during his first semester, which fueled his discouragement even more. Then things turned around. After working with the Career Development Center at Binghamton, along with the TRIO/ Veteran Office, Lawless decided to pursue a political science degree. During the next two years, he interned with Sen. Charles E. Schumer’s office in Binghamton every week, overloaded on courses every semester, took a Certificate

of Terrorism Studies at American Military University and graduated in May 2012. From there, he landed a temporary position in Washington, D.C. as program assistant for The Washington Center (TWC). He managed the National Political Conventions Seminar with a small team and was ultimately promoted to fieldwork manager before heading to Tampa, Fla., for the Republican National Convention (and then the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.). He worked with Fox News, CNN and state political parties to find volunteer positions for the 300-plus students attending the program. He worked for TWC full time for more than a year. Lawless then landed a job as program analyst in the General Services Administration. He was

invited to join the two-year Emerging Leaders Program in July 2013. He rotates through various program offices throughout GSA and Federal Acquisition Service to gain knowledge about GSA, government acquisitions and procurement. Lawless is also working to earn a master’s degree in international relations and conflict resolution at American Military University, with a target graduation of March 2015. His advice? “Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s cliché, but everybody has their own issues, and the best way to get through to them is to ask for help. Most of the time, 99 percent of my time on campus, I could approach any professor and talk about a situation if I was having problems.” continues page 4

Getting Smart About Funding Your Education by Janet Farley Contributing Editor


hether you and your uniformed honey are in the transition process or not, you need to be professionally marketable. And to do so, you must have skills. It also helps if you have an education, be it in the form of an academic degree or a professional certification. Not surprisingly, funding that marketability can be expensive, especially when you have bills to pay today or ones looming in the future. With a little bit of creative thinking, research and

patience, however, you can prepare yourself for the next step in your professional careers. Here are five resources to help you get started. MyCAA How does an education benefit of $4,000 sound to you? MyCAA pays tuition costs for education and training courses and examinations leading to an associate degree (excluding associate degrees in general studies, liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies that do not have a concentration). The scholarship also covers the costs for obtaining a license,

certificate or certification at an accredited college, university or technical school in the United States or approved testing organization that expands employment or portable career opportunities for military spouses. If you are one of the lucky ones eligible to take advantage of this program, go for it. Being lucky, in this case, means that you are the spouse of a service member on active duty in the pay grade of E-1 to E-5, W-2 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 who is able to start and finish the coursework while your military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders.

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5 Important Educational Benefits for Transitioning Military by Ashley Feinstein Financial Writer


ou’re transitioning from the military, have spent time assessing your options and have decided to go back to school. Now what? Luckily, there are many benefits available to transitioning military personnel to help pay for your education so that you can spend more time focused on your transition and your studies and less time worrying about the financial burden. Depending on your education needs, one or more of the following options might be right for you. Post-9/11 GI Bill The Post-9/11 GI Bill is available for service members who have served at least 90 days of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, and offers financial assistance to attend any approved school, university or vocational school that offers a degree program. The amount of your benefit is determined by the length of time you spent on active duty, your location, which program or school you are planning to attend and the type of degree you are planning to pursue. A veteran who is eligible for the maximum benefits may receive funding for up to 100 percent of the tuition and fees charged by the most expensive in-state public school undergraduate program in the same state as the veteran resides, as well as a housing allowance and a book stipend. Typically, Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits must be used within 15 years of final discharge date. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also has a provision called the Yellow Ribbon Program. Colleges and universities that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program will pay a portion above the maximum benefit allotted by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The school can pay up to 50 percent of the costs over the maximum benefit, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will match their contribution for the remainder of the cost.

Montgomery GI Bill The Montgomery GI Bill provides up to 36 months of military education benefits to eligible veterans that can be used for college tuition and fees, technical school, vocational school, correspondence courses, online education, apprenticeships, job training, flight training, high-tech training, licensing and certification tests, entrepreneurship training, and certain entrance examinations. General eligibility requirements are as follows: • •

You are on active duty, and have served at least three years of active duty after June 30, 1985. You elected to enroll in the Montgomery GI Bill program and have had $100 deducted from your monthly pay for a year.

Veterans can also qualify for the bill, but you must meet the above eligibility requirements, have received an Honorable Discharge and have a high school diploma or GED. The VA can help you determine if you meet the qualifications. The program currently pays a maximum of $1,321 per month for 36 months. Maximum benefits can be increased by as much as $5,400 total by participating in the “Buy Up” program while on active duty. Typically, Montgomery GI Bill benefits must be used within 10 years after leaving active duty. What are the differences between the Post9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill? The main difference between the two bills is that the Post-9/11 GI Bill is designed to provide veterans with education benefits when pursuing a degree from an institution or vocational school. These benefits often pay for a greater percentage of the tuition costs than the Montgomery GI Bill and may also pay a housing allowance and book stipend. The Montgomery GI Bill, on the other hand, offers more options in the types of programs

it covers, but benefits are limited to $1,321 per month, and may only be used for tuition, fees and other specific school-related expenses. Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) The Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available for veterans if they elected to make contributions from their military pay to participate in the program. The government then matches your contribution by 200 percent (on a 2-for-1 basis). VEAP may be used for a college degree and certificate programs, technical or vocational courses, flight training, apprenticeships, on-thejob training, high-tech training, licensing and certification tests, entrepreneurship training, certain entrance examinations, and correspondence courses. The benefit is available from one to 36 months, depending on how long you contributed. Typically, VEAP benefits must be used within 10 years of your release from active duty. Whatever you don’t use in the 10-year time frame will be automatically refunded to you. General eligibility requirements are as follows: • Entered service for the first time between Jan. 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985 • Opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987 • Voluntarily contributed from $25 to $2,700 • Completed your first period of service and were discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is designed to help veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a postsecondary education program. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate in which veterans graduate from postsecondary institutions. Other services offered by the VUB program include:

• Education or counseling services to improve financial and economic literacy • Instruction in reading, writing, study skills and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school • Academic, financial or personal counseling • Tutorial services • Mentoring programs • Information on postsecondary education opportunities • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams • Information on the full range of Federal Student financial aid programs and benefits • Guidance and assistance in alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts that lead to receipt of a regular secondary school diploma, entry into general education development (GED) programs or postsecondary education VUB is one of eight Federal TRIO Programs designed to provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities, so they can progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) is a benefit offered to unemployed veterans and provides up to 12 months of training assistance. This is a great option for those not eligible for any other VA education benefit programs. Other general eligibility requirements are as follows: • • • • •

You must be at least 35, but no more than 60 years old You must be unemployed on the date of application You cannot have received a dishonorable discharge You cannot be receiving VA compensation due to unemployability You cannot be enrolled in a federal or state job training program

While a move from the military to an educational setting can be quite a transition, there are numerous programs available to veterans to help provide direction and assistance and to manage costs. In many cases, a solid educational foundation will prepare you for a successful career in the civilian world. Ashley Feinstein is a certified money coach and founder of Knowing Your Worth, where she empowers her clients to redefine success on their own terms by knowing their value and fearlessly going for it. Find out more, check out her blog at and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter at The Fiscal Femme.

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Bradley-Morris answers questions from transitioning military job seekers.


I injured my shoulder while serving. I transition out in six months and several people have suggested I apply for Disability Compensation now even though it’s not too bad. I looked on the Veterans Affairs’ site online and it seems to suggest the same thing. Is there any reason that this would affect my job prospects?

A: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does advocate

for service members to file for Disability Compensation immediately upon transition: “If you have a current physical or mental condition, and it is related to your military service, then apply for Disability Compensation. Even if the condition seems minor now, don’t wait to apply. When you’re 25, that “bum” left knee may just be a minor inconvenience; when you’re 55, the early onset arthritis you developed in that knee because of your service may mean you can barely walk. You should apply regardless of your income and regardless of your ability to find work. In short: if the military broke it, the VA owns it.” It won’t affect your job prospects or the way you are compensated, but it does protect you should your injury become so bad you can no longer work. There are some stipulations – you would have to be at least 10 percent disabled.

I’m not an expert on VA benefits, but there are several things you need to take care of as you transition out. Make sure you put together a list of questions and check them off as you get answers. Make sure you and your spouse are on the same page when it comes to your benefits. It’s important that both of you understand the process and what you and your family


Can you offer up some tips on how to lead into a conversation that I’m looking for a job without sounding desperate?

A: Sure. Think about it this way - today’s environment is highly mobile and the possibilities are endless. That being said everyone is looking for something to inspire them and keep them connected. In other words, everyone is looking for new challenges so don’t be afraid to talk about what interests you and definitely don’t be uncomfortable about asking for an introduction if someone offers up a friend or colleague doing something interesting. Never leave a potential opportunity on the table.

Mike Arsenault is Vice President of Candidate Services at military placement firm Bradley-Morris, Inc. He can be reached at (800) 330-4950 ext. 2105 or by email at marsenault (at)

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Attaining the Dream of an FSU Degree After serving five years of active duty in the Army, losing friends and suffering a knee injury during an Iraq deployment, Army SGT Austin Capers learned perseverance with a focus on “there’s no way I won’t succeed.” “Plus with all the tools available, no matter what school you choose, Veterans Affairs (VA) help is available in all forms — counseling, tutors, or anything you need. You just have to know where to look,” he says. “On your campus, there should be a Veterans Affairs Administrator Office. If there isn’t, there should be, so contact someone at the VA to tell them.” A native of Jupiter, Fla., Capers grew up around boats, so when he enlisted, he was excited to find out the Army had watercraft operators. He worked on army boats out of Fort Eustis, Va., and deployed in 2005 on an Army logistics support vessel. “We were in the Persian Gulf six months transporting battle-damaged equipment,” he says. After his return, he volunteered to be a gun truck commander in Iraq, providing security for convoys for 15 months, between 2007 and 2008. Near the end of his deployment, there was a crash and his convoy was involved. He went through two ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgeries. During recovery, he was given a choice between a job at Fort Eustis or enrolling in school. He completed two semesters at Virginia Commonwealth, got out of the Army in 2009 and decided to pursue a lifelong dream to attend Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. But because of his grades at VC, he had to attend Tallahassee Community College for two years before enrolling at FSU. He received an associate degree in 2011 and transferred to FSU to pursue his bachelor’s degree. “Once on campus, I volunteered to take part in a research course for learning about veterans transitioning to student life,” Capers says. “I met 10 to 15 veterans from different branches. We got to know each other well. I became a part of the FSU Collegiate Veterans Association, which is a chapter of Student Veterans of America. Then I became vice president and lobbied for veteran issues.” He also worked part time his entire time at FSU, managing a Po’ Boys restaurant,

got married and now has a baby daughter. He graduated in August 2013 with a social sciences degree. Today, Capers works in sales and is a production manager at Scientific Instruments, a cryogenic technology company. He also is a participant in the Entrepreneurial Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities, which is helping him with a business plan to launch an idea. He is considering pursuing an MBA. “I’m the first boy in my family to graduate from college. I was never a good student at all. I never did well in education,” Capers says. “To have a degree, I don’t care what it’s in, but it says, ‘Bachelor’s at FSU,’ and that was my dream.”

online classes. I’m doing four classes per semester,” he says. He says his military service has helped him be a better student. “I had time to live life and know what’s important. I never would have survived in college if I went right after high school; I wouldn’t have taken it seriously.” Franklin Pierce is a small school with class sizes that average about 20 students. “Having been in the military with so much structure, I know I can use that experience to my benefit,” he says. If I could be in the military and get through boot camp, I can go back to school. I just have to stick with it now. I have to keep pushing to get positive results.” (Read Hagstrom’s winning essay here: essay-bank/winter-2014/winter-2014powerful-voice-winner-jay-hagstrom.)

of information and so much smarter. I took an international relations class, and they were talking about Tiananmen Square, and they hadn’t been born yet when it happened, but they knew more about it than I did. I like being back. I’m energized,” he says. Potskowski started the application process to return to school while serving duty in Korea. Classes started in January, and he had to complete financial paperwork before getting back to the States. “But it was painless with the G.I. Bill. I didn’t have to wait a long time for approval. Everything was handled in Korea, and there was no friction. When I came back, I had a week off, then enrolled in classes, and everything was set,” he says. Norwich has an online school of graduate studies, so Potskowski is considering a master’s in public administration. “I think they treat me just like any other student and I appreciate that,” he says. Heidi Lynn Russell writes about employment and business issues.

Ronald (Jay) Hagstrom:

Boosted Confidence from an Essay Contest He may still just be a freshman at Franklin Pierce University, but Marine Cpl Ronald (Jay) Hagstrom has already garnered national attention. This May, Hagstrom was a “Powerful Voice” winner for the Yes! Magazine national student writing competition. More than 1,000 students competed, and there were three winners in the Powerful Voice category. The professor of his firstyear composition class, Molly Badrawy, encouraged him to submit the essay, which is the story of his service and some of the often unexpressed challenges of returning to civilian life. Winning the contest has given Hagstrom a shot in the arm as he pursues his fulltime bachelor’s in business management. “I was concerned when I signed up for college, because I struggled in high school, especially in writing and reading. But I’ve had a positive year in writing class, with positive feedback. I feel like I’ll be able to handle it,” he says. Hagstrom served in the Marine Reserves from 2004-2012 and was deployed to Iraq in 2009-2010. He now lives in his hometown of Jaffrey with his wife and two young children. He is working full-time as a validation engineering technician in the Raw Material Validation Group at EMD Millipore. The plant makes filters for prescription medication companies. “My original goal was to get an engineering position, but I decided the major in business management gives me more options,” he says, adding that he expects to graduate in 2017. “I got some credits transferred from the Marines, so it took care of elective credits, plus I’m taking summer classes and

Logan Potskowski:

An English Major with an Eye on Law Enforcement Army SGT First Class Logan M. Potskowski has returned to Norwich University after a long hiatus. He’d attended Norwich as a cadet from 1998 through 2001. He left school after his junior year to enlist in the Army as an infantryman. During his career, he served in a variety of roles, including four years on a Special Response Team responsible for hostage rescue, VIP protection and special threat situations. He spent two years as a Drill Sergeant and has deployed to the Middle East and Asia. His final tour was in East Asia working primarily in an antiterrorism role. He transitioned from active duty in January 2013, and returned to Norwich to finish his degree. He currently serves in the National Guard as an Infantry Section Sergeant in a Reconnaissance Troop. And now, he’s majoring in English. “I was a business major at first for a yearand-a-half. Then I took English electives as part of the curriculum, and it clicked a lot more with me,” Potskowski says. “I decided I was better at writing an essay than being a manager of finance.” He wants to stay in Vermont and work in law enforcement after he graduates in May 2015. He found that Norwich was a different place than he remembered — but he was the one who had changed. “It was a little bit of a culture shock my first semester back. Kids today are so much smarter than I was when I was here before,” he says. “They have a 24-hour news cycles and internet access. They’re like a fire hose






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Baptism by fire

Army soldier Tony Drees not only survives, but thrives after a debilitating injury.


he obstacles he has faced define Tony Drees’ character. They’ve been huge, potentially crushing - and on that day in 1991 when an Iraqi Scud missile found its target, nearly fatal. Drees’ U.S. Army unit had arrived in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, a few days before, part of the coalition formed to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. The soldiers lived in a steel and I-beam warehouse used as a barracks. “We were truck drivers looking for a mission,” says Drees, then a 23-year-old Army private. “Our job was to take fuel to the front lines. Every day we thought we had a mission, and every day it fell through.” A tragic night At night, they listened to sirens warning of incoming Scuds. When Patriot missiles intercepted them, blasting the Scuds out of the sky, the soldiers could hear shrapnel raining down on the metal roof. On the night of February 25, a Scud made it through. Drees remembers someone shouting, ‘Close the door,’ then a deafening boom, and he was on the floor, blood running down his face, fire all around him, trying to drag a close friend whose legs had been blown off to safety. “It was a direct hit, amazing carnage,” says Drees. “The barracks’ roof was gone and I remember looking up at the moon.” The blast killed 28 service members and wounded 98 more - the single greatest loss of American life in the Persian Gulf War. Shrapnel hit Drees in the right thigh, shattering his femur and blowing the backs off both legs. A tough recovery Doctors in Saudi Arabia considered amputation of his right leg, but at an American military hospital in Germany, Army surgeons examined him and said, ‘Hold on, we can save that leg.’ They did, but Drees’ ordeal had just begun. He spent more than a year in the hospital undergoing 58 surgeries, then grueling physical therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

“I left a lot of tears on that PT bench,” says Drees, who last year earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Phoenix. “When we say PT, we mean pain and torture.” How was he able to get through it? The answer goes back to Drees’ early years. Demonstrating fortitude He was born at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Although reluctant to provide details, he describes his home life with his stepfather and biological mom as “pretty rough going.” At 13, he was removed from that environment and placed with foster parents John and Vivian Drees, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Through high school, they provided him with a loving home that eventually included four other boys and two girls. He joined the Army at 18. Drees believes his difficult upbringing gave him the fortitude he needed to regain his strength after his injury. He also found inspiration from his sister, Heather, who is wheelchair-bound from cerebral palsy and who also required frequent and difficult surgeries. “I couldn’t quit rehab when I had this kid, my hero, back home doing everything she could basically to live,” says Drees. “I owed it to Heather to demonstrate the same heart she did.” A new life After a medical discharge from the Army in 1992, Drees had to forge a new identity. The surgeries, the morphine and the trauma had shriveled him to 138 pounds, down from 205. “I’d walk by the mirror and say, ‘Who is that guy?’ The body image I’d created for myself was gone. So was my purpose in life, to be a soldier.” For several years, he drifted. Drees’ first job on returning home was at a local liquor store in Grand Forks. But some days the pain was so severe, he could only work a few hours. As he improved, Drees moved through a series of sales jobs, eventually taking a position at Infiniti of Denver. He rose to sales manager and finance manager. Now,

after 11 years, he is director of retention and special programs. Setting the example Drees enrolled at University of Phoenix in 2003, but work demands forced a long hiatus. He started classes again in 2010, driven by the example he wished to set for his kids. He and his wife, Letitia, have four children. Now studying for his master’s in management, Drees credits former instructor Deanna Moats with encouraging him to keep pursuing his education. He recalls writing a paper for Moats and receiving his worst grade ever at the University. He was irritated. But with more thought, Drees understood she was correct, and from then on Moats became his mentor. “She had really high expectations and because of her I never again went for the low standard,” he says. “She’s an awesome instructor.” Now 45, Drees walks proudly without a limp, although there’s still pain. But he has perspective now, and perhaps some wisdom to impart about the importance of plowing ahead, no matter the obstacle. He’s eager to share his story, through teaching or public speaking, with veterans and students trapped by hopelessness, or simply struggling to finish degrees. “No one can promise you a great job if you graduate,” says Drees. “But life gets better if you learn to think critically. And once you get your degree it can’t be taken away. That great feeling of accomplishment can push you forward.”

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“Getting Smart About Funding Your Education” continued from page 1 interested in using his GI Bill, he may be able to transfer it to you (or to your children). Like any good deal, there is a catch. You have to meet certain criteria, including one of the following scenarios: •

Your service member has to have at least six years of service in the armed forces (active duty and/or Selected Reserve) on the date of approval, and he/she must agree to serve four additional years in the armed forces from the date of election. • Your service member has to have at least 10 years of service in the armed forces (active duty and/or Selected Reserve) on the date of approval, is precluded by either standard policy (by Service Branch or DoD) or statute from committing to four additional years, and agrees to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed by such policy or statute. • Your service member has to be retirement-eligible and agree to serve an additional four years of service on or after Aug. 1, 2012. Any requests to transfer this educational benefit must be submitted and approved while the service member is still in the armed forces. For more information, visit http://www. . Scholarships You might think that scholarships don’t apply to you if you’re not fresh out of high school, but that’s not the case. Take the time to answer the few questions at www.fastweb. com and you may find that you’re eligible to apply for scholarships targeted to your situation.

Scholarship information can also be found through your family service center or through the education center on the military installation nearest you. In addition to school-specific offerings, each service branch has various programs available that could help you to fund that degree or credential you seek. Grants Grants are a desirable option because they are funds granted to you that you are not obligated to pay back. Competition for grants can be stiff, but that shouldn’t stop you from applying for them. Check out to access leads to government, federal Pell and state grants across multiple occupational series. Other sites to check out include http:// and . Low-interest loans Debt is something you want to minimize when you’re trying to get ahead. But sometimes a small investment in your education can have a big return when you graduate in the form of a better paying job. There are a number of good resources to assist you in understanding the differences between good loans and bad ones, such as www.simpletuition. com and https://bigfuture.collegeboard. org/pay-for-college/loans/quick-guidewhich-college-loans-are-best . Take your time, research and enjoy your new life. Janet Farley is a careers and workplace strategist and the author of “Quick Military Transition Guide: Seven Steps for Landing a Civilian Job” (Jist Inc, 2013). Follow her on Twitter @mil2civguide.

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Higher Education Issue Featured Schools Military Transition News is featuring eight military-friendly schools as part of the 2014 July/August Higher Education Issue. Please see the schools’ profiles along with their veteran assistance contact below.

California University of Pennsylvania 250 University Ave. California, PA 15419 Founded In 1852 Veteran Assistance Contact: Robert Prah, Director of Veteran’s Affairs | (724) 938-4076 Most Popular Degree Programs for Veterans: Master of Science, Legal Studies; Master of Business Administration; Master of Science, Nursing; Bachelor of Arts, Arabic Language and Culture Cal U: Ready to Serve You You are serving our nation, now let us serve you. California University of Pennsylvania is here to serve you and your family in securing your own future with a quality education. Cal U’s Global Online learning community makes it convenient to earn your undergraduate or graduate degree, whether you are at home or serving abroad. Global Online’s internet-based format fits well with challenging military duty assignments, enabling you to access your Cal U coursework from anywhere in the world. Our asynchronous classes make it possible to complete your assignments at any time of the day or night. Global Online courses are also ideal for spouses or other family members who are interested in earning their degrees. “Cal U’s Global Online program and professors were exceptional. This degree was something that was not on my radar for two years and to have a master’s degree in something I love to do opens up many more doors to success.” – Darin Elkins, U.S. Army, 2014 Global Online Graduate, Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Jones International University 9697 E. Mineral Ave. Centennial, CO 80112 Founded In 1993 Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Veteran Assistance Contact: Military Admissions Counselor | (866) 427-1309 Most Popular Degree Programs for Veterans: Information Security Management, Cyber Security and Entrepreneurship Yellow Ribbon Participant: Yes

Campbellsville University 1 University Dr. Campbellsville, KY 42718 Founded In 1906 Accredited by SACS-COC

Veteran Assistance Contact: Joshua Fuqua, Area Operations and Admissions Counselor | (270) 789-5355 Most Popular Degree Programs for Veterans: Business Administration; Criminal Justice Yellow Ribbon Participant: Yes Freedom. Honor. Values. These are familiar words to America’s service men and women. They are also words that describe the founding principles of Christian institutions like Campbellsville University. For over a century, this liberal arts Baptist university has prepared servant leaders for duty to their God and their fellow man, both at home and globally. Thousands of CU graduates work in hundreds of industries, agencies and ministries worldwide. Academically, CU offers challenging academic programs at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels; many of which are ranked nationally by recognized entities like U.S. News and World Report. Small class sizes and credentialed faculty provide a quality education for over 3,600 students. Sixteen fully online degrees are available so veterans can attend CU regardless of their location. Online degree tuition is a third of regular tuition. A dedicated staff is provided to serve the specific needs of our online students. Online or on our beautiful rural campus, Campbellsville University is dedicated to helping veterans prepare for continued service to others in their chosen field. Visit

Lipscomb University One University Park Dr. Nashville, TN 37204 Founded in 1891 Accredited by SACS Veteran Assistance Contact: April Herrington;; or Susan Lee; Most Popular Degree Programs for Veterans: Engineering; Nursing; IT; Business; undergraduate degree in Law, Justice, and Society (often pre-law prep) and select master’s degrees Yellow Ribbon Participant: Yes

At Jones International University® our mission is to arm you with practical skills and knowledge to move up the ranks or transition into a civilian career. JIU offers 100% online undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, and professional certificate programs in the fields of business and education. JIU is approved for GI Bill benefits, including Yellow Ribbon and tuition assistance; plus, all active-duty, veterans, spouses and dependents receive reduced tuition rates for undergraduate programs and a 20% scholarship for graduate programs. In addition, all undergraduate program books are free and there are no application fees! At the heart of JIU are the people who ensure students receive unparalleled support, get the most value out of their education and help shape the career they envision. Military students also have the opportunity to get involved in the Student Veterans of America organization, allowing them to network with veterans across the nation; and in the Total Professional Advantage® program, which provides career-building tools and exercises. Visit for more information.

Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., is privileged to honor those who have sacrificially served our country. We know, as our military does, that freedom isn’t free but their education should be. In recognition of selfless service, since Sept. 11, 2001, Lipscomb University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program at the highest level. This means free tuition for eligible military veterans and/or their families who wish to earn an undergraduate degree, or a master’s, in one of more than 75 areas of study including accounting, business, counseling and psychology, education, exercise and nutrition science, and theology. Lipscomb established The Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes to honor Charlie Daniels and his tireless efforts on behalf of the nation’s military. This scholarship provides financial assistance for those not eligible for Yellow Ribbon. At Lipscomb, you’ll find classes are smaller, professors offer more personal, one-on-one attention, and there is a dedicated Veteran Services Office that is ready to support and assist you during your transition to student life and help you prepare for the next chapter of your life.

“If you are looking at online universities, give JIU a serious look. The courses were rigorous, but very manageable and enjoyable. The student and instructor interaction was very encouraging and kept me going, and the ability to graduate with a degree in Entrepreneurship, as an entrepreneur, was awesome and has given me a tremendous boost in my career.” – Chris Paschane, U.S. Air Force

“I could have gone to the University of Tennessee or any other state school, but I wanted something smaller, more personal, where I had support and guidance leading me to graduation. I chose Lipscomb because of their Christian core values and their unparalleled level of support for all veterans and their families. ” – Zachary Bell, U.S. Marine Corps

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LIU Post 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville, NY 11548 Founded In 1954

Norwich University Online 158 Harmon Dr. Northfield, VT 05663 Founded In 1819

Accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Veteran Assistance Contact: Adam M. Grohman; Associate Dean of Students; | (516) 299-2256 Yellow Ribbon Participant: Yes LIU Post is one of the most beautiful, historic and scholarly settings in the country. Our 307-acre campus is located on the North Shore of Long Island, in the village of Brookville, which is ranked among the most desirable communities in America. The campus is just 50 minutes from the corporate and entertainment capital of the world, New York City. LIU Post offers more than 260 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs to 8,800 students from every part of the world. Our academic programs carry elite accreditations, signifying they meet the highest standards of quality. All undergraduate and graduate programs at LIU Post are registered with the New York State Education Department. In addition to the entire university, various other academic programs in the College of Education, Information and Technology are specially accredited by professional organizations, signifying they meet the highest standards of educational quality as determined by leaders in the field. “My journey started in 2010 and the sole reason that I am going to school is the dedication of LIU Post and the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs. Without LIU’s knowledge and Adam Grohman’s desire to help veterans, myself and many other students would get frustrated and quit school. It is only with LIU’s love of veterans that so many veterans are in college today.” – Michael Knauer, USCG Veteran

Veteran Assistance Contact: Michael Anton; | (802) 485-2851 Most Popular Degree Programs for Veterans: Bachelor’s: Criminal Justice; Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis Master’s: MA in Diplomacy; MA in Military History; MBA; MS in Leadership Yellow Ribbon Participant: Yes As the nation’s oldest private military college, Norwich University has proudly educated leaders in the military and private sectors for almost 200 years. We offer online bachelor’s degree completion and master’s degree programs designed for working adults looking to build on their military experience and earn the credentials needed to help advance or transition their careers. Recognized as one of the nation’s most military friendly schools, Norwich understands the dynamics of being both a student and service member. We provide an extensive support system to help you every step of the way. We consistently rank among the top schools in online delivery of education by U.S. News & World Report. Our online platform is designed to give students the flexibility they need to succeed. The small class sizes ensure personal interaction with faculty – many of whom have also served. At Norwich we value your military experience. You could receive up to 84 semester credits for bachelor’s programs from military training and education, helping you earn a reputable degree online in less than two years. Visit “I feel privileged to have the chance to get a degree in a relevant discipline and that an educational institution, with an established and historic reputation for excellence in academia, let me be a part of it all. I place my experience at Norwich with my many accomplishments in the military – at the highest place.” – Terry Cole, Norwich University Alumnus

St. Bonaventure University 3261 West State Rd. St. Bonaventure, NY 14778 Founded in 1858 Accredited by Middle States; NCATE; AACSB Veteran Assistance Contact: Monica Emery; Director of Recruitment; | (716) 375-2455 Most Popular Degree Programs for Veterans: Master’s in Strategic Leadership; Business; History; Management Yellow Ribbon Participant: Yes St. Bonaventure University is a Yellow Ribbon school, helping post9/11 veterans, or their children, attend SBU tuition-free through the G.I. Education Enhancement Programs. It’s one of the reasons the university has been recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School, a distinction reserved for only 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools across the nation. St. Bonaventure encourages independent study, critical analysis and original expression. Our professors are committed and approachable faculty who dedicate themselves to making connections — among themselves, their courses and, most importantly, their students. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, and journalism and mass communication. Outside the classroom, students have an array of opportunities, including service, career-oriented and academic clubs; intramural, club and Division I sports; and centers for fitness, art and ministries. St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others and the diverse world around them. That’s why we say our students are “becoming extraordinary”. “Being a nontraditional student as well as a veteran, I found that I was part of what makes St. Bonaventure unique. It’s a diverse environment and I was free to explore the social, economic and political issues veterans face as we try to find where we fit into civilian life. St. Bonaventure is a great place for veterans to continue their education.” – Scott C. Warner, U.S. Marine Corps

University of Phoenix 1625 W. Fountainhead Pkwy. Tempe, AZ 85282 Founded In 1976 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which is a member of the North Central Association Veteran Assistance Contact: Veterans Affairs Office 1625 W. Fountainhead Pkwy.; Mailstop: CF-S503; Tempe, AZ 85282 (877) 572-7232 Most Popular Degree Programs for Veterans: Master of Business Administration; Bachelor of Science in Business; Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration; Bachelor of Science in Information Technology; Bachelor of Science in Health Administration; Bachelor of Science in Psychology Yellow Ribbon Participant: Yes Since its inception in 1976, University of Phoenix has dedicated itself to focusing on the needs of working adults who balance career, family, community and other life responsibilities. As a regionally accredited university, we’re proud to help the military community connect their education to civilian careers by offering a wide range of degree programs available online and at campuses and learning centers throughout the world. This helps the military community achieve their professional and educational goals no matter where they serve. Courses are conveniently accessible, yet academically rigorous, and applicable to today’s workplace. University of Phoenix is staffed with dedicated Military Advisors, most with military backgrounds and all with one common purpose: to help military students navigate their financial options, and to support and guide them from enrollment to graduation. We also have powerful career resources. Our Phoenix Career Guidance SystemTM allows students to review current and recent hiring demands in their local area, as well as the qualifications and education employers are seeking. Included in that system is our Military Skills Translator Tool, which helps match students to careers that align with their military skills. “As I traveled up and down the I-10 to cover various breaking news, I saw these billboards that featured real people with the degrees they earned, and anecdotes as to why University of Phoenix worked for them as individuals. Those people represented what I wanted to be and where I wanted to go.” – Christina Brown, U.S. Air Force, Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist/TV producer

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For veterans with the drive to succeed, careers at Con-way Truckload abound T

said Johnson. The company works hard to provide service members with career opportunities in multiple areas promoting a successful transition from military service to civilian careers, specifically through their Military Apprenticeship Program for veterans who would like to begin a career in trucking. Con-way Truckload cultivates close relationships with the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and one-stop centers throughout the country designed to help separated military personnel find the right job, program or opportunity to begin or continue their training. Con-way Truckload’s apprenticeship program allows qualifying veterans and reservists to use their GI Bill benefits to pay for schooling and supplement their income during the first year of employment. This means an individual can be paid a monthly benefit while attending an educational institution that is also covered by the Bill. The monthly benefit amount will be equal to the service member’s Basic Housing Allowance, which varies by residence of record. In that first year, new drivers fulfill a series of skills qualifications, training and safe driving performance milestones as a condition of continued employment. Jeff Thurlow served in the Army and now works as a driver for Con-way. He took advantage of the apprenticeship program

and is now full-time with the company. “The program helped add extra income, by utilizing my GI Bill benefits,” said Thurlow. With his new career as a driver, Thurlow has found the amount of freedom on the road and self-management aspects of the job were something he didn’t expect. “Going in, I was pretty nervous about being out on my own,” said Thurlow. “However, the onboarding programs for drivers really helped me get up to speed so I could begin to contribute more quickly.” Non-driver positions are also available through a program called Army PaYS. Army PaYS is a partnership between the Army and the U.S. business community that aims to attract, train and deploy talented people who want to serve their country as well as secure future success once their Army service is complete. Con-way Truckload also offers a generous package of benefits for employees who are called to active duty. This includes pay differentials for their employee soldiers, along with uninterrupted health benefits for their families during the first year of deployment. Over the last five years, Con-way Inc., Con-way Truckload’s parent company, has paid more than $1.1 million in differential compensation to its deployed employee soldiers. Today the company boasts nearly 2,700 military service veterans

as employees throughout Con-way Truckload and its sister companies, Conway Freight and Menlo Logistics. This focus on military personnel hasn’t gone unnoticed. Con-way Inc. was a 2012 recipient of the Department of Defense’s Patriot Award as well as a recipient of the Freedom Award — the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers committed to employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Current employees are the main beneficiaries of this focus. “I would’ve never been able to enter the transportation industry without the programs that Con-way Truckload offers,” Thurlow commented. “It’s a company I hope to work with for a long time.”


he transportation industry is a career field that has experienced consistent growth and as such is a target for many job seekers, including those with military experience. For job-seeking veterans who are looking into the transportation industry, Con-way Truckload should be one of the companies they consider. “The skills and qualities that our service member employees bring to the workplace are highly transferable and complementary for a career in driving, and the lifestyle similarities make for a smooth transition to civilian life for our veterans,” said Bert Johnson, VP, human resources at Con-way Truckload. Finding and hiring motivated, focused employees who are disciplined, hardworking and family-oriented is always a challenge. Con-way Truckload has found that military personnel are equipped with these characteristics in addition to demonstrating leadership, diligence and respect for the chain of command. “They work effectively in challenging situations, are willing and eager to accept responsibility, are self-motivated and take pride in excelling at what they do,”





Perseverance. Honesty. Loyalty. All values you’ll find alive and well at Con-way Truckload. Along with a loyal team committed to your success, when you drive for us, you’ll get fair pay, home time, and the respect you deserve. It starts with a comprehensive training


IF YOU’RE A VETERAN CONSIDERING A DRIVING CAREER, OUR ENTIRE COMPANY STANDS READY TO BE AS DEDICATED TO YOU AS YOU’VE BEEN TO YOUR COUNTRY. program that gives you hands-on experience. To find out why so many stay True to Blue, and be part of a team focused on your success, speak with a Con-way Truckload recruiter at 888-204-7615 or visit

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, disability, veteran or other protected status.

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If you are searching for a career with a company that values the training and experience that veterans bring, then Eaton is your ideal company. Military professionals at Eaton are part of an organization that focuses on providing power management solutions to global customers while doing business right.

Search and apply at Eaton is a global power management company. We help customers manage power, so buildings, airplanes, trucks, cars, machinery and entire businesses can do more while consuming less energy. As an integrated global company, we are unified in our commitment to powering business worldwide. Eaton is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer: M/F/V/D.





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Interviewing in Good Faith

career coach’s corner

by Tom Wolfe Career Coach and Contributing Editor




id you hear the one about Zeus, the dog that loved to chase buses? Every time one drove past his yard, Zeus would take off after it. One day, the bus slowed down because of a flat tire and Zeus caught the bus! As he was clamping his jaws on the bumper, he thought, “What do I do now?” It’s always nice when we get what we want. But what if we discover that we really didn’t want it after all or if our reasons for wanting it turned out to be invalid? Career transition has a lot to do with getting what we want, and it would be wise to learn a lesson from Zeus and consider our motives and the potential outcomes before we chase that bus. Interviewing is about discovery. Although there is much you should do in advance of interviewing, specifically to determine what you want and why you want it, much of what you learn about a job, a company and an opportunity occurs during the interviewing process. Although the job description and your résumé might appear to mesh nicely, the interview allows both parties to validate the fit and fill in the gaps, making it crucial that you interview in good faith. Let’s back up a bit. What exactly is this thing called an interview? Webster defines it as either a formal consultation usually to evaluate qualifications (as of a prospective student or employee) or a meeting at which information is obtained... from a person. The prefix inter is Latin for among or between. Combine the two in the context of career transition and you end up with a job seeker and a potential employer checking each other out to determine

if the individual meets the needs of the organization and if the organization can do likewise for the individual. Balance of Power On the surface it may appear that both parties are on equal footing during an interview. But one side always has an advantage. During the interview process, the potential employer has the power - specifically the power to say no to the candidate. Once a formal offer is extended, the candidate holds all the cards. In fact, in the early stages of the interviewing process the employer is actively looking for reasons to say no. Why? Because there are almost always more great candidates than there are great jobs, and the interviewer must narrow down the field. Therefore, the mission of the candidate is to survive this initial culling process. As you pass through more and more of those filters, the power begins to shift and the employer begins to look for reasons to say yes. When the employer finds sufficient reasons to say yes, they extend an offer to the candidate and the power shift is complete. The candidate is now in control - he or she can accept or reject the offer. The process puts both parties at risk just because you are interviewed does not mean you will get an offer, and just because you receive an offer does not mean you will accept it. Both parties are aware of and tolerate this uncertainty and risk because of an assumption of good faith - the belief that each party is participating in the process in pursuit of a mutually positive outcome. You want to receive an offer, and the company wants you to accept it if offered. You have faith in their

good intentions to sincerely consider you as a viable candidate for the job, and the company has faith that you will seriously consider the opportunity.

downstream from the initial interview that causes you to decline, then you have interviewed in good faith. Here are two examples.

Practicing Good Faith Consider this scenario: You go through the interviewing process and receive an offer. Stop and think about why that offer was made. There are several contributing factors:

1. You interview for a job with the XYZ Corporation for a logistics management position at their corporate headquarters in Denver. You receive an offer and decline it because you really do not want to live in Colorado. Bad faith! You knew from the beginning that the job would be in Denver, so you should have pulled the plug long before the offer was extended and perhaps have never taken the interview in the first place. 2. You interview for a job with the XYZ Corporation for an operations management position in their eastern regional office in Boston. They decide to offer you a similar position in the western regional office in Seattle. That is a dealbreaker for you and you decline the offer. Good faith! Your reason for rejecting the offer became apparent only in the final stage of the interview.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

The interviews have validated the qualifications stated on your résumé. The employer believes you can do the job. You have demonstrated the potential to grow in the job as needed. You have risen to the top of the qualified contenders. The employer believes you have sincere interest in the opportunity. You appear to be the kind of person they want on the team. The employer believes you are highly likely to accept the offer.

Pay particular attention to number seven. One of the reasons you get the offer is because you have sent signals that you want to be on the team. There is no reason to offer it to you if they believe otherwise. You may decide to reject the offer, which is certainly within your rights, but have you interviewed in good faith? Well, it depends; specifically it depends not so much on why you declined, but more importantly on when the reason for declining became apparent. If you reject the offer for a reason known to you before the interviewing process began, then you did not interview in good faith. If, however, you discover information

Moral of the story: You can neither turn down nor accept an offer you do not have. You should do everything you can to get the offer, assuming that your interest level is sincere, that you are open and honest, and that you are interviewing in good faith. Good hunting and thanks for your service! Tom Wolfe is a Career Coach, Columnist, Author and Veteran and can be found at

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Date: August 5, 2014 Location: Ft. Jackson Job Fair 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Soloman Center Bldg., 6510 Strom Thurmond Blvd., Ft. Jackson, SC 29207 Sponsor: POC Date: August 6, 2014 Location: Ft. Rucker Employer Day 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4502 Andrews Ave., Ft. Rucker, AL 36362 Sponsor: POC Date: August 12, 2014 Location: Ft. Leavenworth Job Fair 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 350 Biddle Blvd., Ft. Leavenworth, KS 66027 Sponsor: POC Date: Location: Sponsor:

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August 14, 2014 Ft. Drum Job Fair 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - The Commons, P4350 Euphrates River Valley, Ft. Drum, NY 13602 POC: Lorrie Guler - (315) 772-3284

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August 28, 2014 Ft. Belvoir Job Fair 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. American Legion Springfield Post 176, 6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield, VA 22151 POC: Janet Giles, Jobzone (434) 263-5102 or (540) 226-1473

Date: August 29, 2014 Location: Carlisle Barracks Fall Job Fair 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Army Heritage Education Center, 950 Soldiers Dr. Carlisle, PA 17013 Sponsor: POC Date: September 3, 2014 Location: Ft. Bragg Employer Day 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Soldier Support Center Bldg. 4-2843, Normandy Dr., Ft. Bragg, NC 28310 Sponsor: POC Date: Location: Sponsor:

September 16, 2014 Job Fair, Ft. Stewart Job Fair 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Club Stewart, 1020 Hero Rd., Bldg. 405, Ft. Stewart, GA 31314 POC: (866) 801-4418

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Transitioning A to Z: “O” and “P”

In the upcoming issues of Military Transition News, we will be listing everything a service member needs to know about transitioning, from A to Z. by Military Transition News Staff This month, we tackle “O” and “P”.

plan for each. This step will provide a great reference point as you learn about corporate America.

“O”: Be Open and Organized

“P”: Polish, Present and Process

Job hunting is difficult on many levels, beginning with how it affects your selfesteem. Transitioning military go from having job security and an expert level of job knowledge to being a new employee just starting out in a company. If it’s any consolation, you’re not alone. Every single person seeking employment, military or not, is working with the same level of anxiety. That kind of nervousness might lead to narrowly focusing on potential jobs. It’s important to be Open to all opportunities. Look at positions you might not otherwise, especially if it fits with your interests and skill set. Job interviews are for you to learn about the position, just as much as it is the hiring manager’s goal to learn about you. And also, be Organized as you transition out, separating out companies, job descriptions and industries. Keep detailed notes and make sure you indicate follow up needs on an action

What’s your elevator speech? The one you use when a hiring manager asks, “Tell me about yourself?” You’re selling a very high value commodity – YOU – and it’s important to keep focused on the selling Process. How Polished is your speech? Do you change it up with each interview? For the most part, don’t – stick with what is comfortable. Having a good opening that sells yourself to the interviewer will set you at ease and show the confidence that is important as you begin. Present yourself as natural and not rehearsed. Remember, great sales people maintain relationships. As you interview, even if a job doesn’t work out, stay connected if appropriate to the interviewer via email or LinkedIn. Networking is a powerful tool in today’s social media age. Stay grounded about who you are and what you have to offer. Job hunting is a Process. Keep to the mission. You will be employed.

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