WICHITA FALLS, TX - One program in Texas is aiming to help veterans continue their education. College Credit for Heroes lets vets use some of the training they learned when fighting for our country and turn them into college credit.
Debra Alexander has been around veterans her entire life. Her father is a retired Air Force veteran and for the last 23 years, she has worked with others like him to help continue their education at Vernon College.
"There's just no greater honor than to help them pursue their dream once they get out of the military," said Alexander.
The College Credit for Heroes is an initiative through the state of Texas that gives veterans college credits for skills they learned while serving in the military.
"It allows them to conserve their entitlement to go further in the education system they want to pursue," said Alexander. It's a great program."
Veterans of any branch can apply online by uploading their military transcript. Subject matter experts will then take a look to see if there are any areas that earned credit toward college.
Alexander says this is a way for veterans to take what they learned and put it toward a future career.
"If you're a medic in the Army you have a specific skill set," said Alexander. "I'm thinking especially if somebody is shooting at you on a battlefield or something but those skills are still skills that are needed in the medical profession."
The program has been available at Vernon College for three years but Alexander thinks it's been under the veteran's radar.
"There have not been that many veterans, it's been my experience, that haven't sought it out," said Alexander. "That's why we're trying to get the word out."
"We are honoring their service," said Alexander. "We are doing our best to help what they did get the appreciation, acknowledgment, and credit that they deserve."
If you and want to see if you qualify for this program, click here.