When Meosha Thomas joined the Navy in 2000, she had just turned 18 years old, and her goal was to serve her country and earn money for college.
She would spend a decade in the military — a period she describes as the bulk of her adult life — and by the time she made it to Kennedy-King College in 2010, she felt isolated and out of sorts.
"I came from the military where they teach you teamwork and commitment and dedication and not to leave anyone behind," said Thomas, 30, who served in the Iraq War. "But on top of having to readjust to being home, I had to adjust to campus life, and I had to do it on my own."
Thomas stuck it out and graduated in May as class valedictorian. Although there were few resources specifically for veterans when she started college, that's about to change.
Last week she began a job as a veterans advocate at Kennedy-King in a new City Colleges of Chicago program that will be part of the city's Returning Veterans Initiative.
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