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Posted on February 08, 2016 in Sports
By USM Free Press

Courtesy of USM website

By Meaghan Gonsior

John Jackson is currently serving as USM’s Student Senate Chair, in his third year as a student at USM. Before joining the USM community, Jackson served 8 years in the military including combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Throughout my time here at USM I have found that my military values have helped influence me in my day to day activities,” says Jackson. He has found himself drawn toward “people with integrity, a sense of responsibility and generally good-natured people that want what is best for the school not what is best for themselves.”

The road back to school has had its bumps for Jackson, as many nontraditional students can attest to. Diagnosed with PTSD and a 90% disability rating from the VA, Jackson found his grades slipping but wasn’t ready to throw in the towel.

“The Veteran’s Resource Center told me that I should go talk to the Disability Service Center and see if there was anything that they could do. I have never had so many people…so interested in me and helping me accomplish my goals as I have while here at USM,” said Jackson. “We have an amazing VA rep in Lorrie Spaulding, many supportive veteran groups on this campus, and many people who understand what it is like for veterans to go from active duty in any branch to college. There will be tough times, but you have to hang in there and be strong.”

Jackson has translated the four warrior ethos from his Army experience into advice for students at USM: Always place the mission first: Get your education, never accept defeat,  never quit, never leave a fallen comrade: Help your fellow veterans.