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Army Veteran Impresses Instructors with His Work Ethic and Dedication

Sep 22, 2014

U.S. Army veteran Daniel Nylund is using his Post-9/11 G. I. Bill funding to earn a degree in medical assisting at the Florence Campus.  “I moved here from Seattle a few years ago to be close to my sister,” Daniel explained.  “I spent 10 years in the Army and didn’t really have any job skills, and I always wanted to do something in the medical field.”

Although there were many colleges in the area where Daniel could have used his veteran’s benefits, he chose American National University because it came highly recommended by his future mother-in-law.  “My fiancée’s mom graduated from National many years ago and loved it,” he said. “The small class size is awesome and my instructors are the best.”

Director of health care education Kathreen Buckner said that she has worked closely with Daniel over the last year.  “Daniel was in my Medical Office Finance class this term and has shown true dedication,” said Kathreen.  “He was carrying a real heavy work load this term with five classes in total.  Danny stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park with three A’s and two B’s.”

Instructor Karrie Perkins also feels that Daniel was an exemplary student in her Pharmacology class.  “Danny was very enthusiastic, energetic, and ready to learn,” said Karrie.  “Even though his work load was more than others, he demonstrated the willpower needed and pushed through a difficult class with flying colors.  I couldn't be more proud of him and I know that he will succeed in anything that he puts his mind to.”

A-Medical assisting student Daniel Nylund, a U.S. Army veteran who is attending American National University with funding through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, is pictured in the medical lab at the Florence Campus.

B-Daniel Nylund is shown accepting a certificate of excellence from director of health care education Kathreen Buckner (l) and pharmacology instructor Karrie Perkins (r).

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tags: Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)