Jefferson College of Health Sciences is dedicated to honoring the service of both our veteran students and those students who currently serve in our armed forces, as well as their families. We offer financial and support benefits specific to these students and their families, and work to ensure they have all of the resources they need to succeed in their healthcare educations.
Jefferson College thanks you for your military service or for the service of your relatives to our nation!
Jefferson College of Health Sciences Veteran Profiles
This ongoing feature will introduce you to members of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences community who have served in the military. Check this page often to see new profiles.
Meet Michael FeroliMichael Feroli found the military through the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant (PA) program rather than the other way around. A December 2011 graduate of the program, Feroli became a Naval officer the following summer and found fulfillment in both the clinical setting at Camp Pendleton, CA, and the more intensive environment of a mobile trauma team at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan during the summer and fall of 2013. You can read more about Michael by clicking here.
Meet Erica RospertErica Rospert, pursuing her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Surgical Technology at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, loves challenges and can’t tolerant when things stay the same. The Army seemed to suit her perfectly, where she says she, "grew up." Now, as she faces different challenges as a Surgical Technology student, she is able to better work her way through them due to her maturity, focus and discipline. You can read more about Erica by clicking here.
Meet Eric WilsonIf it weren’t for his mother, Eric Wilson would have joined the Army right out of high school. Instead, he attended college, graduated three and a half years later with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and finally he got his wish to defend his nation. Once enlisted, Eric had plenty of opportunities to defend the United States in locations like Iraq and The Philippines. The toughness that he built up through the Army has come in handy during his studies in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Jefferson College. You can read more about Eric by clicking here.
Meet Gary AdamsIn the Army, Gary Adams was a flight medic from 2004 to 2013. He says he grew up in many ways during that time, and his experiences changed him. The Army made him more focused on what is going on, in class and in his life. As a student in the Health and Exercise Science program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, he’s been adjusting to civilian life, although he’s still in the Reserves. He says he always wanted to come to Jefferson, from the time he was in high school. You can read more about Gary by clicking here.
Meet Ryan BlattWhen Ryan Blatt graduated high school in 1990 and joined the Navy, he took it as his chance to leave home, mature, establish independence and learn life skills. At 41 years old, that punctuality, maturity, and ability to communicate has helped him considerably as a student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, from which he anticipates graduating in the Spring of 2016. You can read more about Ryan by clicking here.
Meet Tami Bobe
Tami Bobe joined the Army in 2000, answering the lures of travel, educational benefits and structure that, as a teenager, she wanted and needed. Now, Bobe is in the Army Reserves and she is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Jefferson College. She says the discipline, the experiences, and her two children have made her much more mature and able to focus on what is in front of her—her future as a nurse. You can read more about Tami by clicking here.
Meet Betsy Worthley
Betsy Worthley graduated from the Jefferson College Physician Assistant program in December 2010 and went straight to Navy office training in Rhode Island. For her, the whirlwind that was her life as a PA student simply became more extreme. For the next three years, she served active duty in Hawaii, at the Naval Health Clinic at Kaneohe Bay, and was also deployed to Paktika, Afghanistan, as the senior medical office for a Joint Provincial Reconstruction Team. You can read more about Betsy by clicking here.
Meet Jay Wynn
Jay Wynn knows he's very good at helping people who want to help themselves. That's why he's perfectly suited to the Jefferson College Physical Therapist Assistant Program. While a Marine, Jay had the opportunity to live in Okinawa, Japan, and travel the world as a loadmaster on a KC-130, which transported everything from “band aids to bullets,” and sometimes, wounded soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq. You can read more about Jay by clicking here.
Meet Marrett GilfusMarrett Gilfus, a student in the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Emergency Services Program, recalled the moment he knew he would make a good paramedic. He had been trained as a combat lifesaver in the Marine Corps, and Marrett helped save the life of a fellow Marine during a fire fight in the Helmand province in Afghanistan. You can read more about Marrett by clicking here.
Meet Misti Hagerman-Beard
As a former Marine, Misit Hagerman-Beard doesn’t shrink from tough choices or tough jobs. That's one of the reasons she chose the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Healthcare Management program, which offers her the chance to cultivate her skills as a leader while integrating her interest in healthcare. You can read more about Misti by clicking here.
Meet Stephen Harris
Stephen Harris, an Army veteran, former Roanoke County deputy sheriff, husband and father of three children (ages seven, four and 11) found his niche at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. The skills he learned on the job and in the military were easily translatable to the demands of his education. You can read more about Stephen by clicking here.
Jefferson College of Health Sciences News for Military Students and their Families
Jefferson College Named to the 2014 “Military Friendly Schools®” List
Jefferson College of Health Sciences has been named to the 2014 “Military Friendly Schools®” list by GI Jobs Magazine, a publication of Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. This is the second consecutive year, Jefferson College has recognized with this designation.
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
The Military Friendly Schools® website at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com features the full list of military friendly schools, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The over 1,700 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.
For more information about this designation, contact Mark Lambert, Jefferson College of Health Science's Communications & College Relations, at (540) 985-9031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Military Students and their Families
The Post 9/11 GI Bill® and funds from Jefferson College (based on our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program) pay tuition and fees for eligible students and provide money for books and supplies. The annual maximum for 2012-2013 is $18,077.
Who Is Eligible for GI Benefits?
To be eligible, a service member or veteran must have served at least 90 aggregate days beginning on or after September 11, 2001. Individuals honorably discharged with a service-connected disability who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001, may also be eligible.
The amount of your tuition and fees payment and book stipend depends on how much time you have served. You will receive a larger benefit if you served more active duty or mobilization time.
Benefits are available for undergraduate and graduate programs. Unused educational benefits may be transferred to children or spouses of qualifying veterans and active duty military.
Which Benefit is Best?
Many veterans and service members can qualify for more than one education benefits program. Depending on your individual circumstances, one of these programs may give you better benefits than the others.
The Department of Veteran's Affairs website provides a step-by-step Road Map For Success that compares the different education programs and helps you determine what benefit is best for you and how to apply for it.
The links to the GI Bill® website of the Department of Veterans Affairs below provide more information about veterans education benefits.
- The Post-9/11 GI Bill®
- Benefit Comparison Tools (find the best benefit for you)
- Transfer of Post 9-11 GI Bill® Benefits to Dependents
- Yellow Ribbon Program
- Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
- Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
- Educational Assistance Test Program (Section 901)
- Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
- National Call to Service Program
- Tuition Assistance Top-Up
- Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Evaluation of Military Training for College Credit
Jefferson College of Health Sciences offers a Prior Learning Assessment Program through which specific experience in the military is evaluated for college credit. All credit granted for military training is given based on the American Council on Education (ACE) guide recommendations.
For more information on Prior Learning Assessments click here.
Suggested Documentation to Submit to Receive Military Benefits
- Service Members & Veterans: submit copy of DD-214*, Discharge Certificate, Military Orders*, Retirement Certificate, or Military End of Month LES*. (Only one document is required)
- Military Spouses: Copy of Marriage Certificate or License with one of your spouse’s military documents.
- DoD Employees: DoD End of Month LES*, official memo/letter stating current employment with DoD agency or Notification of Personnel Action (SF50).
*Must be most current DD-214, End of Month LES, or orders.
Benefits are awarded once acceptable documentation is received and reviewed by Jefferson College. Benefits are not awarded retroactively.
Please e-mail or fax a copy of the documentation mentioned above to the Jefferson College Office of the Registrar for review:
Fax: (540) 224-4562
Please note: Due to government regulations we are unable to accept military ID cards for verification of military service. You may black-out any sensitive information on orders, LES, or other military documents submitted.
Need More Information?
If you need further information or have questions, please contact the appropriate Jefferson College department listed below.
- Office of Admissions, 1-888-985-8482 or (540) 985-8483, email@example.com
- Office of Financial Aid, (540) 985-8267, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office of the Registrar, (540) 224-4492, email@example.com
- Office of Student Affairs, (540) 985-8395
- Office of the Bursar, (540) 985-8272
To see a full list of the academic programs offered at Jefferson College, click here.