If you’re a military veteran seeking to pursue a college degree, you may be overwhelmed as you begin the process of trying to understand and access military education benefits. Please know that help is available! Most colleges in Nebraska have a military veteran resources on campus. To find those resources, see “Nebraska Colleges” in the Adult Learner section of our website.
Cody Choquette, a graduate of Bellevue East High School, is one of many military veterans pursuing a degree at Bellevue University. He served in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst for nearly four years before leaving active duty in February 2019 to focus on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He is now a member of the Nebraska Army National Guard.
Cody turned to Bellevue University’s Military Veteran Services Center (MVSC) to get the help he needed to start his degree program.
With guidance from the MVSC, Cody accessed education funding through the Montgomery GI Bill and was offered a position at the Center as part of the VA Work-Study Program. An avid video game player since childhood, Cody was also awarded a full-tuition eSports scholarship after he tried out for and was offered a spot on the University’s eSports League.
Cody’s work-study job not only provides extra money for college, but also allows him to help other veterans through the process of understanding and accessing VA educational benefits. He also tutors other works-study students and often stays late to accommodate veterans who are using the MVSC to study.
“I’ve always wanted to help people,” said Cody who hopes to eventually become a clinical psychologist and counsel veterans.
Heather Carroll who manages the MVSC at Bellevue University, said the Center provides many services to help veterans – not just those related to education. “Education drives this program,” she said, “but we help veterans access any military benefits they qualify for and deserve.”
The MVSC offers onsite counseling, vocational rehabilitation, career services, and has conference rooms, a lounge area, and privacy suites that veterans are welcome to use. The Center also houses a chapter of Disabled American Veterans, and works with over 20 organizations to help veterans get the benefits and assistance they need.
While not all military veteran resources are as extensive as Bellevue University’s, they are available at colleges across the state. Please reach out to them as you prepare to pursue higher education as a veteran.
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