A Veterans’ Advocate Proves That Leadership Ain’t Rocket Science June 12 2012 no responses
On the way home from visiting a U.S. Department of Defense client organization today, I heard a story on NPR that I have to share with you. It’s about how a community college counselor named Catherine Morris took it upon herself to help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan get the educational benefits they’ve earned.
As the wars have wound down, more than 500,000 vets have left the service to go to college. That’s the good news. The bad news is that because of budget cuts in higher education and a lack of awareness on the part of administrators, most veterans aren’t getting the support they need to make the transition to campus.
As a retired Marine herself, Morris decided to change the game at Sierra Community College in California. Two years ago, she asked the president for a budget to support the 800-plus vets on campus and was told that fiscal constraints wouldn’t allow it. She kept at it. When Willie Duncan took over as president, he told her that there was even less money than before, but he would offer moral support.