After two deployments, including one in Iraq, and nearly eight years in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer, I transitioned out of the military in search of my next career. I did extensive research on colleges and universities before choosing an IT program at Wichita Technical Institute in Joplin. I graduated from the 18-month computer technology and network administration program at WTI in August 2018, and immediately secured employment as a support specialist at a local hospital.
Unfortunately, there are some proposals in Congress that would limit how veterans use their earned GI Bill benefit. Specifically, some in Congress are trying to manipulate the 90/10 rule to stop veterans from enrolling at schools such as WTI. Many of our lawmakers fail to understand that not all veterans are seeking a traditional four-year college or university after our service.
This matter is so important to me that I wanted my representatives in Congress, specifically Sen. Roy Blunt, to hear directly from me. Before Memorial Day, I joined nearly 100 other veterans in Washington, D.C., to meet with lawmakers. We also founded Veterans for Career Education to support the right of veterans to use their earned education benefits at the school of their choice.