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Veteran Overcomes Obstacles to Earn Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice



By Catherine Groux
Posted May 02, 2012 12:23 PM

This veteran was willing to overcome all obstacles to earn a college degree.
This veteran was willing to overcome all obstacles to earn a college degree.
When members of the U.S. military return home after active duty, it can often be difficult to readjust to civilian life. However, despite the obstacles they may face, it has never been more important for veterans to earn an associate's or bachelor's degree to secure a stable job. Vince Acevedo knows this all too well, and was willing to do whatever it took to earn a college degree.

In 2006, Acevedo was working as an explosives handler in the U.S. Marine Corps when a blast from a rocket-propelled grenade suddenly hurled him through the wall of a house. Acevedo suffered from a mild traumatic brain injury, and, amidst the recovery for this condition, he also received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Although Acevedo said he sometimes struggles to remember certain words and put sentences together, he was determined to go to college and earn a degree. This June, he will meet his goal when he earns an associate's degree in criminal justice from Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York, according to a press release.

In the fall, he plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

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