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National College Helps Veteran Back Into Civilian Life

Sep 15, 2014

U.S. Army veteran Joshua Parsons was having a difficult time acclimating to civilian life when he came to the Danville, Kentucky Campus about six months after his departure from military service.  He enrolled in the business administration-management and accounting programs at American National University, and thanks to the skills he is developing and the support he has received, he is well on his way to a successful career in business as a civilian. 

As a former infantryman, Josh decided to go back to school using his Post-9/11 G. I. Bill benefits because he was tired of the physical, back-breaking work that he had done in the military, and he was ready to transition into a career in business. He also wanted to be sure that he could always provide for his family. “I have to make sure that I have something secure for their future,” Josh explained.

Josh was driving past National when he saw students outside the campus in business attire, so he dropped in to get information about the school, and he was impressed with the attention that he received during his initial visit. “The faculty in the front office took me right in, and was very professional at introducing me to the school, and explaining to me what I’d be looking forward to if I came to school here,” he said. 

He also found the student services staff to be extremely knowledgeable about processing his Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits.  “The student services/financial planning—they’re experts here,” he said. “One of the bigger things that stuck out to me here at the school, is that they’re such experts in their field, I haven’t had one bump in the road with my financial aid.”

Josh is enjoying building his business skills in class at National.  He has also found his role as a federal work study at the campus, where he performs administrative work and assists students, is helping him with his transition back into civilian life.

“When I came out of the military, I had such trouble adjusting to being back in society, and just being out in general,” said Josh.  “You couldn’t really have picked a more perfect situation than me coming here, because the staff and everybody here have helped me integrate back into where I’m more social.  It’s life changing for me to come here, and for them to take such interest in my situation and help me.”

A-U.S. Army veteran Josh Parsons is getting acclimated back into civilian life as he pursues his business degree at American National University.

B-Josh Parsons, shown with fellow student Nancy Carmicle, works as a federal work study and a tutor at the Danville, Kentucky Campus.

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