MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Transitioning from military life to civilian life can be quite difficult, especially for those fresh off the battlefield.
Middle Tennessee State University has a program to help veterans make that transition much smoother from the military, to college, and then to the job front– much of it thanks to a Country Music Legend.
“We offer everything from on-boarding, assisting our veterans and their families coming into the university. We want to make sure they are successful while they are here. We want to make sure they find employment, whether that be an internship, a part-time job, or a full-time job,” explained Dr. Hilary Miller, director of the center.
Cheryl Carter, Janea Hiser, Ophelia and I went to the scholarship award ceremony on July 6 at Ft. Campbell. It was as inspiring and moving as 2016. Last year $100,000 was given out but because of an increase from the Legion Fund, $130,000 was awarded this year. And we were truly overwhelmed when the Legion Fund’s generosity was lavishly praised by the Group commander, Col. Leahy, and Chris Spence, the head of 5th Group Special Forces Scholarship Fund.
We heard heartwarming stories from numerous parents. Some examples are: a fourth daughter couldn’t have gone to college without her grant and her mother was ecstatic she could apply next year; a senior majoring in international studies couldn’t have done a semester in Moscow without the grant; a retired master sergeant was able to get a daughter through Auburn and she is now pursuing an advanced degree in education; a single parent daughter is able to complete her ABSN at a community college before going on to nursing school; and, too many others to relate here. I wish I could tell all of them.
Similar to last year, the Green Beret offspring were presented over-sized checks (see photo above). As required for security reasons when we received the picture of the group their names were blurred. This is further proof of the danger that the families of these brave Green Berets face.