Over the past five years, the number of military veterans and their relatives who are using the education benefits available to them has nearly doubled from 550,000 to 925,000. As calls for a “smaller and leaner” military are answered, more veterans are gravitating to college. Higher education institutions like Georgian Court, which was named a Military Friendly School for 2014 by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools, enjoy an advantage.
One of those students is Marine Corps veteran Joe Hess. Joe joined the military right after high school, leaving home only four days after graduation to follow his grandfather’s “shining example of what is right.”
After six years, including a nearly 10-month tour of duty in Al Asad, Iraq, where he worked in motor transportation making fuel supply runs into often dangerous territory, Joe returned to college. The slightly unconventional and occasionally blue-Mohawked student/musician transferred to GCU from Ocean County College and is pursuing his dream of teaching mathematics.
“I want to teach high schoolers the subject they may dread and get them to enjoy math,” says Joe, who also professes a love for writing.
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Over the past five years, the number of military veterans and their relatives who are using the education benefits avail...