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US Veterans in graduate school pay it forward to younger students

08:35  13 november  2019
08:35  13 november  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Adams tells younger students he was late to class and formation so many times at West Point, he was forced to take a leave of absence. He graduated in May of 2013. "Great day," he said. Veterans who return to campus know better than most students , the path to success is not always straightforward.

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Nashville, Tennessee — A class in contract law at Vanderbilt University is about as far from combat as it gets. Veteran Devin Adams, who served in Afghanistan, has seen both.

"Thirty-three of us in my platoon. Unfortunately, three of them didn't make it home," Adams said.

You can tell he's a veteran by the Ranger tab on his lapel. But Alyssa Hartley might fool you.

"Some people when they think of veterans don't picture me. They think it's a tough guy who's coming in. I like that I get to add a different layer to what it means to be a veteran," Hartley said.

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The school encourages student actions that will make the world a better place." My class is a class of students who are emotionally disabled. Ms. Gainer’s class is also taking the challenge at the end of the book, writing their own “next chapter”. We look forward to sharing their ideas in the weeks ahead.

She has seen combat too and flew a helicopter on a mission with special operations forces. But she washed out because of ear problems.

"At this point, my whole world in my mind was gone," Hartley said.

a woman sitting at a table in front of a window: Veteran Alyssa Hartley is continuing her education at Vanderbilt University through the Bass Military Scholars Program.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Veteran Alyssa Hartley is continuing her education at Vanderbilt University through the Bass Military Scholars Program.

Now, she's in that same class at Vanderbilt University Law School.

"I used to be doing these kinds of missions and other things where my life was on the line. And I could deal with that stress no problem. But here I've got, like, a multiple choice quiz coming up on Sunday and I'm, you know, falling to pieces," Hartley said.

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6. Pay Your Student Fee Bill. Students will receive an email notification from the Bursar’s Office once tuition and fees have been posted to their account. Graduate student fees bills are generated in late July/early August for the Fall semester in December for the Spring semester.

Seven veterans have been awarded $25,000 scholarships to Vanderbilt graduate schools, through the Bass Military Scholars Program. The money both rewards veterans for their service and attracts role models to the campus. They are expected to share lessons of military service with their younger classmates.

"We really bring a worldly perspective that's been informed by sometimes three years, five years, sometimes decades of service," Hartley said.

Adams tells younger students he was late to class and formation so many times at West Point, he was forced to take a leave of absence. "I failed the first time. I had the opportunity to make that right and then was able to succeed," Adams said.

He did a tour as a private first class in Afghanistan before returning to West Point to become an officer. He graduated in May of 2013.

"Great day," he said.

Veterans who return to campus know better than most students, the path to success is not always straightforward.

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