When I was in high school, I had a GPA of 1.6 and barely graduated. Nonetheless, my mother always believed that I would be the first person in our family to receive my college degree. In 2010, she passed away in a head-on collision car accident, and I became a ward of the state at the age of 16. I was out of options and resources, but knowing that I was going to make my mother’s dream a reality. In 2012, I looked to the United States Army and the GI Bill.
The Army has selected San Antonio, Texas, as the location for an one-stop transition center for separating service members. Set to open in 2018, the facility will offer assistance to veterans on a number of fronts, including employment, housing, and health care. If the center successfully increases veteran employment in the San Antonio area, the Army may open others across the country to help ensure all veterans have job and housing opportunities when they transition out of the military.