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Life After Service

IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS 2/ FOX 28)- On Monday, CBS2 told you about the first ever student vet program that'll take place on the UI campus.

The program idea came from a course known as 'Life After Service.'

The class started a few years ago with only a small number of students. It provides advice on how to make the transition from deployment to school a little easier.

Getting out of the service for Logan Suhrbier was one accomplishment, but he said studying for his degree is another goal.


"It's diffucult," he said. " It's kinda just like a stepping stone to go from being independent and coming here."

He decided to take a course on campus to help him with the transition.

"Going into it your close-minded," Suhrbier said about the course. "It opened up different views for all types of aspects of life after service."

'Life After Service' was designed on the UI campus to help student vets succeed in the classroom and help them adpat to university life.

It also helps them meet other studnets who have been deployed.

"I think it's a great opportunity to spend more time and resources on these students," Wendy Rasmussen said.

The same concepts from "Life After Service' will continue into the new pilot program called ICOVE.

Rasmussen taught the course and said that both the class and ICOVE are great resources for student vets.

School officials hope that both programs will continue to help student vets get connected and focus on their assets.

"Focusing on strengths and providing a community where they don't feel like outsiders," Rasmussen said.

A way for student vets to also achieve personal goals.

For Suhrbier, he is looking forward to getting his college diploma next May.

"It definitely makes you more goal-oriented," Suhrbier said. "You know what you need to accomplish."


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