Thomasville Times Enterprise

November 16, 2012

Transition easier for veterans at TU

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — When Lester Hayes first stepped foot onto the Thomas University campus in 2007, he instantly knew it was right.

A retired sergeant major with three decades of service in the Army, Hayes was looking for a new career direction.  At TU, he found that direction. Now Hayes is working to make sure other veterans feel just as welcome as Thomas University’s Military Liaison. In this role, Hayes assists veterans with issues specific to them and also recruits veterans to enroll in TU’s academic programs.

 “I am the veteran’s voice on campus,” Hayes said. “The process can be very challenging, especially if you’re not physically on campus. My goal is to keep the process flowing from application through registration by eliminating as many stressors as possible.”

 For veterans those stressors could come in the form of navigating military benefits or dealing with financial aid paperwork.

 “We want our vets to feel like they’re getting top quality service,” Hayes said. “We want veterans to know who to go to when they run into a challenge or have questions.”

See Saturday's edition for more details.