Grant Provides a Boost to Veterans Seeking Higher Education

Monday, April 8, 2013

A new $1.5 million grant is helping students injured in wars get reacclimated to college life.

Patrick Amie, a student at Colorado State University, is one of those the grant is helping. He says starting college is a daunting task for anyone, but he feels like it might be a bit more difficult for people like him.

“I started off as a Bradley driver,” he told CBS4, describing his experience in the Army. Amie enlisted before college.

Amie was injured during a tour in Iraq when an IED blast caused his convoy to stop short. He fell, causing a traumatic brain injury.

“My comprehension and retention have slowed down tremendously,” he told CBS4.

Amie started community college shortly after returning home but found it too difficult. His struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and his brain injury were just too much.

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