Veterans' Education Fair

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Whether you started postsecondary education, waited a few years or jumped right into a career right after high school, the transition can sometimes be a difficult and long process, especially for those in the military. Some of these students opted to join our country’s military right after high school and are now wishing to continue their education once their service is over.

To assist these individuals, on Aug. 4, I will be hosting a Veterans’ Education Fair which will include information and resources to get the process started. Representatives from various universities such as the University of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University, will be attending the event. The universities will be prepared to enroll students that night and answer any questions the veterans might have in regards to obtaining a degree. To enroll that evening, please bring a copy of JST Transcript – DD214 #4 copy.

The fair begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Southern Indiana Career Technical Center at 1901 Lynch Road in Evansville. From 5:15 p.m. until around 6:00 p.m., there will be an overview of the educational opportunities, like the application and the admission process, financial aid assistance and presentations by the local universities. After the overview is finished, there will be booths and representatives standing by to meet and discuss various opportunities with veterans. There will also be a buffet provided.

I created the Veterans’ Education Fair so that we can make resources available and the process easier for veterans wishing to transition into a university or trade school. I look forward to seeing every veteran at this event, and if you know someone who serves, I encourage you to pass this information along. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact my office by calling 317-232-9816 or emailing h76@iga.in.gov.

Choosing to further your education can open up countless opportunities, but I remember how challenging the process can be when first applying. From selecting the right school, to the application process and dealing with financial aid, encountering all of the necessary steps can be overwhelming for veterans and Hoosiers alike. We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who have spent their time protecting our nation, which is why I am working to not only help ease their transition from military and civilian life, but also fighting for them at the Statehouse.

Over the course of my time as your state representative, I have worked diligently to pass pieces of legislation that assist veterans and those who still currently serve. Helping those who have put their lives at risk to protect us is one way we can pay those back who have given us so much more in return. I will continue to be a voice for veterans at the Statehouse during the months and years ahead.

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Rep. McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. She serves as the Vice Chair of Courts and Criminal Code Committee and is a member of Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction Committee.