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Veteran helps college veterans, military-affiliated students get financial support

Posted at 8:19 AM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2022-01-13 13:06:23-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The transition from military life to civilian life can be tough for veterans, especially for those heading back to school.

Ross Bryant served 24 years in the military and is now helping in that transition process for other veterans and military-affiliated students at UNLV.

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“It’s a shock to the system to figure out what you’re going to do next,” Ross said.

Ross is the executive director of military and veteran services at UNLV and compares the transition to the life of a football player. The athletes practice together, train together, and support each other throughout the season and on game days.

But when their sports career ends, it can leave some feeling lost.

To make sure veterans and military-affiliated students at UNLV have the proper financial support they need, he and his team transitioned from paper files to a computer system.

This helps to ensure students have access to their G.I. bill and enough money to pay their tuition and rent during the pandemic.

“We literally had to think, hey how are we going to get these people paid and taken care of,” Ross said. “We had to come up with this system and that’s what we were able to do.”

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Ross says helping others is like therapy for him and plans to continue to help servicemen and women stay on track.

“I’m pretty passionate about it, and I just like helping out those vets,” said Ross.

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