2016 November

GI Family Spotlight: Marine Family Comes Home to Texas After Two Decades of Service

 

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Garrett, the son of a USMC Lieutenant Colonel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is an optimistic, energetic young man who plans to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Marine officer. You’d never know by looking at him that he has had such a rough journey over the past five years. He lived in two different states and attended three different schools in three years. Until 7th grade, he and his sister Gracen, were both homeschooled by their faithful Mom due to the many mid-year moves around the country that Dad’s loyal service to our country required.

Now that Dad, an honorably discharged disabled veteran, has retired from active duty, the family has settled in Texas and things have calmed down a bit. However, Garrett, now a senior, is still paying the heavy price for the turmoil he experienced at such a critical point in his education. He was struggling academically and often felt overwhelmed. The family agrees that the GI program couldn’t have come along at a better time. They felt an immediate sense of relief once they joined.

It’s no mystery why Garrett’s favorite part of the GI program is having everything he needs all on one site. The way GI’s experts have organized the program makes it easy to use. Dad’s favorite part so far has been the FAFSA counseling, “Oh my gosh, that was so easy! I’m a Marine, a simple guy, but everything you showed us, from the video, to the email instructions, to the guides, to being able to call you . . . it’s been seamless, and easy, and it’s done!”
Dad went on to say, “But the program itself . . . it’s educating us on how to enhance our children’s educational experience and pointing us towards the things that are out there that we are just flat ignorant of. This service has been invaluable and we really, really look forward to knowing that we have a foundation now that we can fully exploit as we go through this program with Gracen.” Gratitude Initiative is beyond honored to help relieve the stress of college planning for this amazing family who has proudly served their country.

Gratitude Initiative (GI) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit that provides essential education programs and college scholarships to military and veteran kids around the globe. GI’s programs are provided at no cost to the children and families of military service members, veterans, disabled veterans, and those killed in defense of our country.

GI Family Spotlight: High School Senior Grows Up Fast During Dad’s Many Deployments

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As the only son of a US Marine Corps pilot who proudly served his country for over 20 years, Bradley had to be the man of the house when his dad was deployed.  It’s a job he is proud to have taken on for his family because it taught him about leadership and responsibility.  Sometimes it was hard juggling multiple family duties, including home and vehicle repairs, along with school work and sports, but as the quarterback for his high school football team, he learned how to prioritize his time.  

Bradley was uncomfortably shy as a kid, but sheer determination brought him out of his shell and into the world of sports.  He plans to use his boundless imagination and energy, along with his admirable leadership skills, to pursue a career in construction management—a career choice he credits to GI.  “They helped me narrow my majors down with the aptitude test and I really liked that I could find all the information for different job fields and requirements in one place.”

One of his favorite parts of the program so far has been the unlimited SAT and ACT test prep.  His use resulted in in a 90-point increase on his SAT! Another favorite part was the essay editing advice.  His advisor patiently worked with Bradley through multiple essays and multiple versions to make sure each essay was his absolute best work.  

Here’s what Mom and Dad have to say: “As parents of a senior, we had no idea the stress of getting our child prepared for college. We really had no idea what we were in for. Gratitude Initiative has been such a life saver. They have guided us through the process and have been with us every step of the way. We know there are programs that offer only a fraction of what this program offers for a hefty price, so the fact that this program exists for free for our military kids is such a gift. We cannot thank the GI program enough for helping us with this process. This is such an amazing organization and we are so happy that our family was given this opportunity.”  Gratitude Initiative is privileged to work with this family who has given so much to keep our nation safe.

Gratitude Initiative (GI) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit that provides essential education programs and college scholarships to military and veteran kids around the globe. GI’s programs are provided at no cost to the children and families of military service members, veterans, disabled veterans, and those killed in defense of our country.

GI Family Spotlight: A Proud Air Force Family with Five College Bound Sons

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Meet the the “J” family! (Name shortened for security reasons.) They have five brilliant sons, one already in college and four more on the way. Three of those are members of Gratitude Initiative’s College Success Academy—the fifth is too young now, but will be joining as soon as he enters the 8th grade! When the family heard about the GI program, they were quick to sign up—they wanted expert advice to avoid some of the pitfalls they ran into with their oldest son.

Dad, currently a Master Sergeant in the Air Force, has served in Saudi Arabia, Iraq (two deployments), Bahrain, Qatar, Uzbekistan, and Korea. While Dad’s on active duty, Mom’s busy homeschooling the boys and working part time on base. They are very grateful for the GI program, “We love having experts behind us – a watchful eye and guiding hand as we journey through this college adventure with our boys. Schools do not always know or reveal all the information.”

Eli, the senior, loves having a second set of eyes to help him make his college decisions and review his scholarship essays. Aaron, the sophomore, appreciates the extra insight as he researches his career and college options, along with the encouragement he receives from our counselors for the steps he has completed so far. And Joshua, the 8th grader, finds the career and college resources helpful as he takes deliberate, guided steps in the program to help him determine his path after high school. Gratitude Initiative is grateful beyond measure to provide the college-planning experts this family needs and looks forward to working with them for quite a long time.

Gratitude Initiative (GI) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit that provides essential education programs and college scholarships to military and veteran kids around the globe. GI’s programs are provided at no cost to the children and families of military service members, veterans, disabled veterans, and those killed in defense of our country.