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Business Degree Will Help Enable Vet to Make a Difference



Feb 24, 2015

After completing two deployments in Iraq, Hope Durham left the U.S. Army and was hired to work in the sterile process department of the Nashville VA Medical Center. She also made the decision to return to school using the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits that she’d earned while serving her country. 

Hope chose to use her education benefits at National College because she liked the friendly atmosphere that she found when she visited the Nashville Campus. The Armed Services Recognition Grant, available exclusively at National, was also a big plus, as it helped to alleviate out-of-pocket expenses not covered by her G. I. Bill.

In her program, Hope feels that she’s particularly benefited from her technology classes, which have allowed her to update her computer skills. “It’s like teaching an old dog new tricks and we can learn new tricks” she said with a smile.

She also appreciates the support and encouragement that she receives from the staff and faculty at National. “There are a lot of great people here,” said Hope. “They’ve been exceptional to keep pushing me [to reach my goals].”

Hope plans to use the skills that she’s gained in her business administration program at National to help her advance in her career at the VA Medical Center. “I think the more education that you have, the better off you’re going to be,” she explained. “My goal is to one day become the chief over one of the departments at the VA, because I think that I can make a difference.”

U.S. Army veteran Hope Durham hopes to use her business degree to advance in her career at the Nashville VA Medical Center.

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