Michael Bluemling, Jr. | Veterans Transition into College
Michael Bluemling, Jr., is a former Sergeant of Soldiers and author of "Bridging the Gap from Soldier to Civilian," who overcame abuse to become a success story, after his transition from soldier to civilian. He shares his insight with fellow veterans, to help them through this arduous process, successfully.
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Veterans Transition into College

Veterans Transition into College

Veterans Transitioning to College

EXCELLENT VIDEO on Veterans transitioning from the military into the civilian sector while trying to advance their education. This is not an easy transition and especially for veterans who are going through the struggles of PTSD and depression. This can be an uphill climb to say the least for anyone regardless of what your rank was in the military. However, in spite of any obstacle that a veteran faces he or she WILL SUCCEED if given the proper information, respect, and resources to do so.

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For me as a transitioning veteran in 2002, the thought of college scared me senseless. Here I was a veteran who had been on a deployment and lived overseas for well over three years who was petrified of going back to school. I had the GI Bill to help with some financial relief, but I did not understand how I was going to do it.  As a disabled veteran, it was also that much more difficult to comprehend while dealing with constant headaches and dreams of saving my battle buddies to my left and right in battle.

You think you understand a veteran, but the reality is unless you have had their experiences you will never truly understand. Every veteran is different and no veteran should be compared with another. Everyone reacts and responds to situations differently. That is why it is important to be fully engaged with a veteran in order to help them transition in their own way to the best of their ability. Some veterans deal with change better than others, and some veterans deal with grief, anxiety, and loss differently than others. The best way to help a veteran regardless of his or her situation is to treat them with respect and love for who they are as a hero for their service to our country. You can make a difference in their life and all Americans have an obligation to ensure that they are given the tools necessary for success.

It took me nine years to go back to school and it took a fellow veteran believing in me in order for me to overcome my fear of failure. This was a big deal and a pivotal moment in my life. Education changed my life and it can for every veteran regardless of how young or old that they are. Receiving any type of a degree is a wonderful feeling, especially after working so hard to accomplish a goal. The experiences in my life have been quite traumatic, but also overcoming that tragedy has been very rewarding. In closing, all veterans’ needs are a little support and watch how far they will go!

2 Comments
  • Jason Scholte
    Posted at 11:06h, 31 March Reply

    I really could not agree with you more, Michael. Having worked in higher education for over 15 years I recognized that military personnel, veterans, and spouses required a solid resource to help navigate how to research and apply for college. I started a unique nonprofit that exclusively advises and advocates for our nations military and veterans. VGES (Veterans Global Education Services) provides services free of charge and helps individuals understand the differences between schools, accreditation, and many other key aspects of our education markets both here in the United States and Internationally too!

  • Michael Bluemling Jr.
    Posted at 11:36h, 31 March Reply

    Jason,

    I really appreciate the comment and feedback. Your efforts and the efforts of others really have an impact on all of our American “Hero” Veterans. Keep up the Great work and please help spread the word about the efforts of Power of One in assisting Veterans in becoming very successful post military citizens.

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