Veteran & Active Military Member Resources

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 Juan Monterrey

Juan Monterrey—a Surgical Technology student by day, Carilion Clinic Maintenance employee by night—said he enlisted in the military at 18 because there were adults asking him what he was going to be doing with his life. He joined the Navy for direction. Juan’s ideal future job will involve him being in charge—something else the Navy gave him an appreciation for—perhaps as a director of an operating room in a major hospital. You can read more about Juan by clicking here.

Meet Leigh Ramsey, M.S.N., ACNS-BC

After graduating from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1996, Leigh Ramsey sought another challenge that would take her to see the world—the Air Force. She loved medicine and science and gravitated toward becoming a medic. She is now An Assistant Professor in the Jefferson College Nursing Program. You can read more about Leigh by clicking here.

Meet Christine Parsons

Christine Parsons is used to taking care of others. Her mother and father did that while Parsons was growing up in a small Ohio town—taking in stray animals and children who needed a loving home. Since then, Parsons has continued this tradition by becoming an Air Force medic and now, a Physician Assistant student at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, graduating in December 2014. You can read more about Christine by clicking here.

Meet James "David" Perkins

James “David” Perkins, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, spent eight years in the Marine Corps before coming to our campus. In Fallujah, Iraq, he served as a field MP (military police), a role specific to a time of war. He was a machine gunner who went on mobile patrols, and handled prisoners of war as part of his duties.You can read more about David by clicking here.

Meet Andrew King

Andrew King will enter the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program at Jefferson College in fall 2014, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2015. He’s as ready for this challenge, as he was for the Navy when he enlisted in 2005. In high school and college, King had been a wrestler. After enlisting, he would eventually wrestle Somali pirates, which he did when he was stationed Djibouti, Africa, from 2010 to 2012. You can read more about Andrew by clicking here.

Meet Michael Feroli

Michael 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 Rospert

Erica 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 Wilson

If 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 Ryan Blatt

When 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.

Jay Wynn, '14

Meet Marrett Gilfus

Marrett 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 of Health Sciences Named a 2015 Military Friendly School

Jefferson College of Health Sciences has been named a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

“Our goal is to not only welcome back and honor our veterans’ service,” said Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, “but also to help these valued members of our community find their professional paths in life. And we think the incredibly diverse and exciting world of healthcare is the perfect fit for these courageous individuals.

The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

For more information about this designation, contact Mark Lambert, Jefferson College of Health Science's Communications & College Relations, at (540) 985-9031 or

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 2014-2015 is $20,235.02.

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.

Additional Information

The links to the GI Bill® website of the Department of Veterans Affairs below provide more information about veterans education benefits.

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.

To see a full list of the academic programs offered at Jefferson College, click here.

"GI Bill®" is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at