VFW’s Scholarship Helps Army Veteran Find New Direction
New focus calls veteran to teaching
U.S. Army veteran Chad Gibbs always knew he wanted to make serving in the military his career. During a 2006 deployment to Iraq, an IED blast changed those plans, and his life, forever. Suffering severe trauma to his left arm and leg, Chad braved over two years of surgeries and rehabilitation before being medically retired in February 2009.
No longer able to make serving a career, Chad drew from his military background and insider’s perspective on military formations to find a new direction. With new hopes of one day becoming a college history professor, he focused on studying multiple aspects of World War II history. After exhausting his military educational benefits while earning his bachelor’s degree, he applied for the VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” to help cover his tuition as he worked toward a master’s degree.
After being selected as a 2014 fall scholarship recipient, Chad was incredibly happy and humbled to have been awarded the scholarship a second time.
“I’m very grateful to the VFW and its sponsors for this award,” said Chad. “Many scholarships are tied to a great deal of requirements on the recipient when they are already busy trying to be successful students. I think the VFW has designed a solid assistance program … that is free of all these additional hoops.”
The support Chad received from the Help A Hero scholarship helped him focus on achieving his educational goals and put him one step closer to a successful teaching career.
The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” was created to provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. Awarded twice a year, scholarships help cover the cost of tuition and fees. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016 spring semester. For more information on the Help A Hero Scholarship program or to apply, Come down to any VFW Post and inquire (if not, call me and I will do it).
I have a mystery to solve, recently a concern citizen hand me and the Antlers VFW a VA Memorial Brass plaque for a World War II Veteran they found on their land. The mystery is where the veteran is buried so we can place the plaque back where it belongs.
The information on the plaque is: Robert E. Wright, Tech 5, US Army, WWII, born January 27, 1918 and died January 27, 1985.
So will the family of Mr. Robert E. Wright contact me so we can properly place the VA memorial plaque back on his grave site please. Or if you know where he is buried please call me.
Another historical item happen recently (actually last week) at the Antlers VFW. After discussion with the Post Commander and Quartermaster we sent (actually I hand carried it) to District Four Commander Clinton McMahan the Voice of Democracy application for Jacob N. Brandon, a senior at Antlers HS, along with his application, was his printed essay and voice recording on a thumb drive (yes Jacob I marked it) for the District Four competition which begins in November 2015.
According to Mr. McMahan (an Antlers HS Graduate) this year competition will be judged by Professors from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and First, Second and Third Places will be sent to the state competition, which will be further judged and State winners are invited to Washington, D.C where their audio essays compete in the finals competition.
Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each (state) VFW Department wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
So why is this historical for the Antlers VFW? We have not had an application for over 20 years. So Jacob Brandon (Son of Vicki Brandon of Antlers) we wish you luck in the competition. The deadline for this competition was November 1, 2015.