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Transition from Battlefield to Bookbag

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Our Soldiers overseas not only put their lives on the line, but they actually put them on hold. 



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"To have gone to battle, to war, to stand beside another soldier. To have that comrade and support and knowing we're protecting our family at home. We're doing what they can't do," says Natalie James, a Army veteran that now attends Columbus State University.

But, what happens when they return home? Many in the Columbus area are using the new GI Bill to go back to college.  Sharon Jackson is Director of Vet Affairs at CSU, "T

heir making it more accessible, especially for those who have served since 9-11."

The bill eases the burden on soldiers, sending tuition money directly to the school. Columbus State University has one on the largest veteran population sizes in the state. But, it can be difficult for soldiers to concentrate and blend in with their civilian students.

"Their supporting the army and then their also supporting the goal of pursuing their ed and they have to balance those and it can be challenging. And it's a long day," says James. 

James knows first hand the challenge of being back in the classroom after years of service.  "I

t's challenging to write papers, but then you can use your military experience of doing a correspondence, operating procedures. Those that have served have far more to share in the classroom."

Veterans at CSU say they couldn't be happier with the military-friendly atmosphere.


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