Today's college landscape poses a number of challenges for students: choosing the right school, finding affordable housing, transferring credits, and, of course, paying tuition. And for veterans and active service members, these issues can be even tougher. To maximize the chances of success, CollegeVeterans.org continues to find resources penned by experts who work directly with student veterans. They know the inside scoop, and can help the hill toward a college degree seem a little easier to climb. Some of our most notable expert sources include:
Ron Kness retired after serving 36 years in the Armed Forces. In the military, he served as Supervisor of Military Personnel Services, gaining experience with the GI Bills, Yellow Ribbon Program, scholarships and student loans. He last served in the 34th Infantry Division as a Sergeant Major/E-9.
Bob Boone retired with 38 years of military service, the last 19 years as a Command Sergeant Major. His civilian education includes Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethel College, a Master’s of Science degree from Saint Cloud State University and a Sixth-Year degree in Secondary School Administration from Saint Cloud State University.
In civilian life, he spent 22 years as a high school teacher and coach before becoming a high school assistant principal for the final 12 years of his career in education. In retirement, Bob keeps involved with veterans by chairing the Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Task Force, serving as a member of the state Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, and teaching a veteran awareness course for the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute.
Anthony Zimmerman Sr.
Over his 35 years in law enforcement, Mr. Zimmerman rose through the ranks, ending his career as lieutenant of police. He taught law enforcement classes as an adjunct professor at Harper College in Palatine, IL for 23 years and spent 39 years as an instructor for police training.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s in law enforcement administration. In getting both degrees, he used a combination of the G.I. Bill and Illinois Military Veterans’ Scholarship Program.
Tracey Bowen Bell
Tracey Bowen Bell is an academic success coach currently living in Miami, Florida. With over 18 years of experience teaching student life skills courses, as well as advising college students, she is well-equipped to effectively provide personal, academic and career counseling for veterans in need of assistance in these areas. Her passion is working with high school and college students.
Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online)
AC Online creates in-depth guides specifically for student veterans and the military education community. They also generate detailed rankings to help veterans find the best traditional and online college programs for their career needs.
Accredited Schools Online (ASO)
AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org routinely publishes guides focused on education for active service members, ROTC, and veterans. Their resources cover top schools, program selection, paying for college, and how to make the transition to civilian life.