With the wars overseas scaling down, Hoosier veterans are coming home and many are now pursuing college degrees. Eric Canfield spent four years in the air force ambulance corps and one year in Afghanistan as a detainee ops medic. He’s now a junior at Indiana University studying criminal justice. He says he chose his major before entering the service.
“I’m not necessarily trying to be a cop or anything like that,” Canfield says. “I’m actually trying to be a firefighter-paramedic, like my father was. Somewhat I’m still working on that. You know, in the mean time, it’s just some interesting thing to study.”
IU Director of Veterans Support Services Margaret Baechtold says there are veterans in nearly every program at IU. But the criminal justice and business departments have a relatively high enrollment of veterans.
“Among our graduate students, the largest number of those are in the Kelly school of Business online Kelly Direct MBA Program, so they are not physically here on campus,” she says. “Many of them are still in the military or veterans but are living and working elsewhere and doing the online MBA program.”
Baechtold says IU provides a variety of services to returning veterans and attempts to assist their transitions back to the home front.