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Military Veterans in our Community

Military veterans are an increasing population on our campus and enrich our community, culture, diversity and classroom experience.  

From Ryan Britch, Class of 2015:
Ryan on horseback in NepalI was born and raised in northern Vermont and joined the Vermont Army National Guard as a Mountain Infantryman in 2007.  I deployed to Pakita Province, Afghanistan in 2010 with Aco 3-172 MTN.  I came home and started my freshman year at UVM in the fall of 2011 but something was missing.  I missed the mountains.  I wanted to return to the mountains of centra Asia but without the fear of war.  A good friend of mine, who was also a student veteran, told me how he studied abroad in Nepal.  I knew right away this was my chance to go back.  As a part of a group of 14 studends I spent almost a month trekking on the Tibetan Plateau.  We trekked over ninety miles visiting homes, monasteries and schools along the way.  Studying abroad in Nepal was Amazing.  It brought me back to a similar environment, like afghanistan, but this time when I came home I returned with a positive experience.  I encourage all student veterans to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to study abroad.  So many of us have had negative experiences in our travels.  Putting yourself back into an unfamiliar setting will challenge you mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.  Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will increase your self-confidence and self-actualization.  Experiencing the peaceful, wise and traditional culture of Nepal drastically changed the way I look at the world.
"21 Minutes to Rescue"

For a great example of how community members with military experience provide continued service, take a look at the article "21 Minutes to Rescue" by Senior Airman Victoria Greenia, 158th FW.  Senior Airman Greenia tells the story of the Vermont Air National Guard fire department's rescue of a Canadian trucker on I-89 after he lost control of his truck and drove it off a bridge 70 feet into a ravine.

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