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Apr 17 / Ken Smith

Dear Fellow Veteran – 3

Getting out of the military after 10 ½ years of service to my country was perhaps the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I was overwhelmed with the fear of the unknown. I had never taken any real college classes outside of nontraditional institutions that cater to the military and I wasn’t 100% sure about what I wanted to do with my life and what it would take to get there.

There’s nothing scarier than not knowing where your next meal will come from and whether or not you’re going to have a good support system upon discharge. Luckily I have a mother that kept me motivated and help me cope with my depression. It’s by the grace of God that I still am here today because I was involved in a really bad car accident while deployed. And it’s by his grace that I was able to get a job with the Department of Veterans Affairs 3 months after discharge and enrolled in the school full-time. I’m currently a pre-nursing student and so far it has not been a cakewalk in the park. But I have a very strong desire to help and I know that if I take things one day at a time and one semester at a time, I will accomplish everything that I’ve set out to do! Because of my chaotic discharge and not being mentally and emotionally ready for a traditional college plus work, my first GPA was a 2.1. My second semester was a 2.7 and I keep improving as I go along.

Be encouraged and know that you can do any and everything that you put your mind to. If I can do it, you can do it! Utilize your resources here at Wayne State University and graduate!! Good luck and God bless.

A Fellow Veteran

Apr 17 / Ken Smith

Dear Fellow Veteran – 2

Maybe you’re going through rough times, maybe you are not, but understand that tough time do not last forever. If you have served in the military, be proud because you have done something millions of Americans dream of doing but won’t because they’re too scared to take the first step.

Many civilians act the way they do because they simply lack the sense of immediacy that was engrained in us since day one of the military. Don’t hate them, just pity them.

As far as academia goes, you may have served because that may have been your only option after high school or you may have felt that you would not succeed in college. Just understand this, I maintained less than a 2.0 GPA throughout high school and I was placed in Special Education. Now I’m getting straight A’s in college.

If you can dream it it’s possible!

A Fellow Veteran

Apr 17 / Ken Smith

Dear Fellow Veteran – 1

As much as you sit back and think about how hard life will be without the military. Don’t think about it too much. Put your life into the perspective of a book. Books have chapters and the chapters are all different. Understand and come to terms that you are the author of your own story and you determine what’s written next on your journey. I applied the same concept to my life and it has really saved me a lot of stress and heartache. You made it through the inevitable, now it’s time to seek prosperity through an upcoming adventure in your life. Make every day worth it and never forget you are the master of your own abilities.

A Fellow Veteran