A.s.t.r.o. issued the following announcement on Sept. 26.
Gil Felix was active duty in the U. S. Army for six years, reaching the rank of E-4. His final duty posting was in Fort Drum which is in upstate New York, and where he remained for several years after his discharge.
As much as he enjoyed New York, living near base and being close to his active-duty friends, the call of the desert was too strong. Gil grew up in the west valley and attended Cactus High School so when it came time to make some long-term life changes, he decided to head back to Arizona. One of his first stops was the Veteran Services Center at Glendale Community College.
His sights are set on being a Nurse and he was aware of GCC’s highly-respected nursing program. Gil commented “Robert Cavan in the GCC Veteran Service Center eased my transition into GCC and the Nursing program. Without his guidance and knowledge I would have taken some of the wrong classes, costing me valuable time and money.” He added “I didn’t know where to start and Robert showed me the way.”
Taking the first step to enter college after serving in the military can be daunting, if not terrifying. Gil states “after leaving the service I wanted to go to college but I was scared to take the first step. A buddy picked me up one day, took me to campus and made me enroll.” Gil, who now works in the GCC Veteran Services Center wants to help other vets take the critical first step, the same way his buddy helped him.
In his job in the Veteran Services Center he talks to vets who feel the same way he did. He states “most of the veterans I talk to are terrified to return to college for the same reasons I was.” Gil recalled that he was afraid of being too old to go to school and that after six years of being told what to do, he was overwhelmed by making his own decisions.
Gil wants to help the community by becoming a nurse and he wants to assist veterans by encouraging them enroll in college. He is motivated to help because he experienced the fears and lack of confidence, plus he wants veterans to understand the benefits that they’ve earned by serving the United States. He concedes that assimilation back into civilian life and college can be difficult however he points out that GCC and the on-campus Veteran Services Center has helped thousands of vets and is dedicated to serving those who served our country.
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