With Veterans Day fast approaching, Utah State University-Tooele will be hosting a Veterans’ Benefit Night on Friday, Nov. 4, 2015, to educate Tooele veterans on how to use their veteran benefits at USU.
Joseph Woodruff, who served in the Vietnam War, has experienced the benefits of USU-Tooele firsthand. During his tour of duty, he flew daily combat missions, serving in the 1st Cavalry Division during 1968 and 1969. After returning home from combat, he attempted to pursue a degree in criminal justice, but quickly realized the difficulty of working and going to school at the same time. Forced to cut his school hours back to only part-time, he eventually stopped going altogether because of time constraints, then later, added responsibilities and a family that quickly took over his life.
In 1995, Woodruff decided he needed to finish his college degree, so he enrolled at USU-Tooele to earn a liberal arts degree. He advised the Veteran’s Administration of his change of program, and with the help of Vince Lafferty and Bob King, went to work. He graduated in 1996, an Aggie for Life.
“My degree helped me in my career as a law enforcement office, and later in a second career,” Woodruff said. “I eventually went on to earn an MBA in 2009.”
USU-Tooele’s Veterans’ Benefit Night will be Nov. 4 from 4-6 p.m. For more information about USU-Tooele or making use of veteran benefits, call (435) 841-7752.