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Hometown Heroes

By Adrienne Frank

Sgt. Jordan Jackson, 27, is a student in AU’s post-baccalaureate premedical program. A medic in the Virginia Army National Guard, Jackson is currently stationed in Iraq and hopes to return to AU in spring 2010.

Sgt. Jordan Jackson is a student in AU’s post-baccalaureate premedical program.

They served our country, and now it’s our turn to help them.

This fall, AU will help 18 post-9/11 veterans fund their education as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ new Yellow Ribbon Program. Benefits for the 4 undergrads, 10 grad students, and 4 law students range from $8,900 to $13,750 for three to four years.

The VA will match the funds, enabling the vets to attend AU at virtually no cost.

“Dating back to World War I, AU has a long-standing tradition of supporting America’s military efforts,” said Provost Scott Bass. “The Yellow Ribbon Program is a wonderful testament of AU’s support for veterans and is a natural partnership for an institution with a deep commitment to serving the public interest.”

Created in 2008, the program enables U.S. colleges and universities and the VA to share tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state tuition rate.