Adam Betz (email@example.com)
Admissions Representative, Military & Veteran Services
I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1998 and left for Paris Island, S.C. on 06 June, 1999. After serving just over 4 years at various posts and two deployments as an NCO and infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, I decided to become a civilian and utilize my GI Bill to earn a degree. However, after being out in the civilian world for a few months on terminal leave, I realized how much I missed the camaraderie of the infantry so I decided to enlist in the Michigan Army National Guard. Shortly after enlisting in the Army Guard, I began Officer Candidate School and earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. I have since conducted two deployments with the Michigan Army National Guard in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. My assignments during and in between these deployments have consisted of Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Battle Captain and Assistant Battalion Operations Officer. After my tour to Iraq in 2008, I returned to college in order to complete my degree. However, I noticed there was a lack of support for returning military and veteran students. I decided to gather as many student veterans on campus as possible and lobby the university officials for improved support of the student veterans on campus. In the process, I founded a Student Veterans of America chapter which facilitated the voice of the student veterans.
Most recently, I returned from a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan and returned home to the United States in late 2012. Today, I continue advocating, supporting and assisting our military and veteran students at Davenport University because I know what it is like to be that returning combat veteran who is readjusting to society while starting classes. That is why our team at Davenport University is led and made up of combat veterans who have served in the deserts and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan, just like you.