Graduate Fights for Veterans’ Rights in the Tennessee Legislature
Oct 28, 2015
Garry Thomas transferred from a state college to enroll in the business administration- management and computerized office applications degree programs at National College’s Madison Campus after meeting an admissions representative at an event he attended in 2007. As a student, Garry was very active on campus and started the Student Veterans Association, a veteran-run student organization, to provide support to veterans enrolled at National College.
“The business degree helped me to organize my veterans’ foundation and network within the Tennessee Legislature for various veteran organizations.”
His externship as the assistant to the Select Committee for Veteran Affairs with the Tennessee Senate allowed Garry the opportunity to help veterans throughout the state of Tennessee. As an extern, Garry was awarded some of the highest honors for interns, including the Senate Joint Resolution and a Tennessee state flag which had been flown over the state capitol.
After graduating, Garry remained very active within the Tennessee Legislature, becoming the only veteran non-legislator sitting on the Veteran Caucus of the State Senate. As such, he fights for the rights of veterans statewide and proudly represents National College. Recently, Garry formed an organization called the Unknown Soldiers, which provides assistance to help veterans and their immediate families meet their employment, personal, and health needs.
Garry continues to visit the Madison Campus as a guest speaker for various business classes, sharing from his experiences and encouraging students to start a business and become active in their local government. “I truly enjoyed my experience at National College so much,” he stated. “The faculty and staff were always very helpful. The business degree helped me to organize my veterans’ foundation and network within the Tennessee Legislature for various veteran organizations.”
A- Veteran and National College graduate Garry Thomas has carried his passion for veterans’ rights from the Madison Campus all the way to the Tennessee State Legislature.
B- Garry is the only veteran non-legislator sitting on the Veteran Caucus of the Tennessee State Senate.
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