veteran services


Matthew Cogswell
As human beings, we identify the hardships in our lives by calling them hurdles, mountains or roadblocks. We spend our lives working to overcome them as quickly as possible; however, these hardships can begin to pile, making it difficult to move forward. This is when we take hold of the […]

Finding the Constant in His Life


Edward Davis
If Edward Davis could choose one word to describe himself, it would be “driven.” From life in the military, to becoming a first-generation college graduate and continuing his educational pursuits in a master’s program, to managing his own business, Davis isn’t afraid of taking on new challenges. Growing up in […]

A Life of Firsts


VSC Director and Student
As a veteran returning from service, the transition can be difficult. The uncertainty of what lies ahead, as well as what options are available can be daunting. For veterans returning to school, not only do they face the same uncertainties, but they are also stepping into a far different role […]

Hodges’ Veterans Services Center Helps to Ease the Difficulties of ...



Dean Turner and Hodges University student.
By Dr. Marcia Turner, dean of students at Hodges University Making the decision to enter college comes with much research, review and financial analysis. Yes, the decision to enter college is a major investment; however, it is the type of investment that you make in yourself, which lasts a lifetime. […]

Saving Money with Scholarships


Nicole Fleschute
It has been three years since Nicole Fleschute made the decision to transition from military to civilian life. No stranger to hard work, her journey from growing up in Virginia to serving in the United States Army to pursuing a bachelor’s degree in management from Hodges University has not been […]

Personal Struggles Lead to an Inspiring Comeback


Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center
By Christine Manson, director of veterans services at Hodges University and U.S. Air Force reservist.  The transition from combat to college can be difficult for many veterans. While some students feel prepared to enter into a classroom environment, others struggle with the feeling of inadequacy. At Hodges University, 12 percent […]

Three Tips for Veteran Students to be Successful in College



Mia Rodgers
Author, artist and professional speaker Mary Ann Radmacher once said, “Unexpected events can set you back or set you up. It is all a matter of perspective.” For Mia Rodgers, captain at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and commander of the Core Facility in Fort Myers, a positive outlook, […]

Captain by Day and Student by Night


Ameena Brown
Name: Ameena Brown Program of Study: Interdisciplinary Studies Semester of anticipated graduation: December 2016 Career goal: My goal is to work with veteran students at Hodges or at a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital. Tell us a little about yourself and your life: I have a six-year-old daughter who I love […]

February 2016 Student of the Month: Ameena Brown