In this series of blogs, I’ll be talking about colleges: why to go, where it’s best for Veterans and, of course, how VA can help you pay for it. First let’s look at why you should consider getting a degree even if you think you’re too old to be a student.
Although nothing can replace the leadership lessons learned in uniform, you’ll be proud to have that degree. When asked what college we went to, I know we Soldiers love to say the “School of Hard Knocks” or “Watsamata U,” Or maybe we can choose one of The 25 Best Fictional Colleges.
My personal favorite is Clint Eastwood’s response as Marine Gunny Highway in the 1986 movie “Heartbreak Ridge.” He tells the college-educated Lieutenant Ring that he went to Heartbreak Ridge (i.e., combat). That was a good lesson to college grad Lt. Ring who needed to become a seasoned leader. That emerged when he had to help rescue college students on the island of Grenada. Trapped and cut off from communication, Ring figures out how to use a credit card phone call to reach Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. And the combat experience transforms him. Similarly my service experience has translated into great lessons learned that I use every day. But it also meant a lot to me at the age of 48 to have that piece of paper. In future blogs, I’ll discuss how VA can help you take that step.
In the next blog, I’ll discuss a second reason for college: the value of making contacts for networking.