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MVA Vice President
What responsibilities does the MVA Vice President take on:
• Assists with VA benefits information and direction as needed and provides Point of Contact (POC) information. Answers questions concerning any additional benefits that the student may receive.
• Assists with VA policies and procedures. Informs students of any VA websites, important phone numbers, publications, etc.
• Refers the students to different departments depending upon the question. If a student has questions or concerns pertaining to advisement or needs counseling.
• Works to maintain a bridge between the transition of student life and military experience. Questions often arise from, “Where do I go from here? Or, what major should I select?”
• Works with VA students concerning campus policies and procedures. (For example locations of buildings, questions concerning courses, registration, advisement, etc.).
• Organizes and supports officers in the delegation and coordination for veteran issues related to campus and special activities, guests and military recognition.”
What drew you to the MVA:
“Duty, responsibility and motivation do not end with a contract. Military are not special, but we are different. Military from different generations and agencies are all over the campus, and sometimes issues arise at school and we all need someone to ask. I wanted to be a part of the solution and be available for other veterans who wanted to remain humble and simply had questions. We are a growing community and I wanted to be a part of making sure our voices were heard instead of a bureaucratic response to what someone “thinks” we are going through.”
Why should other UTEP students join the MVA:
“This is the opportunity for students with similar backgrounds to ask important questions about transition, medical related history and relativity and the voice to lobby concerns.”
What brought you to El Paso/UTEP:
“My wife is stationed at Fort Bliss.”
Major: "Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies and Minor in Intelligence and National Security Studies"
Hobbies and interests:
“My hobbies include church involvement and golf. For the biggest golf deal in town, go on post to Underwood Golf Complex. Underwood is a new facility and Fort Bliss offers two 18-hole courses. For intermediate golf difficulty rating, go to Lone Star on Montana. They also offer a military discount on everything. If you want to spend a little more, Painted Dunes and Butterfield are treats but they are desert courses.”
Short bio (military/non-military):
“Enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard in October 1992 with the 49th Armored. Was mobilized for Desert Storm, but the swift conclusion caused the draw down. April 1995 went active duty through 2001. Reenlisted in 2004 in the Army Reserves in North Carolina and was mobilized again. On the second tour was sent to Fort Bliss. Went back on Active Duty and separated in 2011. Upon returning to Active Duty I began serving with the 3rd Infantry Division. While with the “Dog Face Soldiers” I served with 3-7 Infantry, 1-64 Armor and Division Headquarters while augmenting the Division Surgeon’s Office. Other assignments included two of the attack helicopter squadrons in Fort Rucker and supporting companies. I am a 68WM6 (medic and LVN). I have served in both Iraq and Bosnia, and have had the privilege of working with the finest soldiers and heroes since the setting of the American Revolution.
Personally, I am married (…and divorced…) and the father of three girls and a sad and lonely little boy who is vastly outnumbered. He is also the youngest. I believe in God and am an avid golfer. Mostly my life revolves around school while my wife is assigned to Fort Bliss. I miss the service and my uniform every single day but have no regrets of what my family has done. I hope to help you succeed and cheerlead every effort you have in achieving every goal that you need.”
Short and long-term goals:
“My short term goal is a 4.0 and graduate with my Undergrad in May 2013. It would also be nice to break 80 in golf. My long term goal includes completing my Graduate work in Intelligence and begin working with a federal agency of my choice.”