U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Christopher Webb
After serving in Iraq for a year, U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Christopher Webb was ready to come home and pursue his goal of higher education. The University of Houston, with its renowned creative writing program, great professors and convenient location near family, quickly became his preferred option.
Though he was eager to begin his studies, Christopher found that the transition from soldier to student could be frustrating. Enter the UH Veterans’ Services Office in the University Center – a place where veterans can go to learn about services available to them on campus, help navigate the paperwork to access their GI Bill benefits and meet other veterans with similar experiences.
Though not his first stop on campus, Christopher says he wishes it had been. "They are all veterans and all UH students," he says of the office, where he now works at a veterans’ benefits counselor. "It helps when you first come to school, but it’s also a great place where veterans can get together and talk."
That opportunity to discuss the challenges of school and life outside the military with other veterans can be a lifeline for the approximately 1,000 veterans on campus.
"It’s great to be around people with shared experiences," Christopher says. "We use our experience to help make sure every veteran gets the benefits they have got coming to them."
For more information on how U.S. Veterans can get started at UH, please visit: http://www.uh.edu/prospective-students/veterans/.