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SGT Patricia DeaverSGT Patricia Deaver

The WV Army National Guard Education Services Office provides many educational opportunities to soldiers to include college and career counseling, certification testing, scholarship information, tuition assistance, GI Bill information, bonuses, and loan repayments. The following story is an example of how a service member has successfully utilized these benefits.
SGT Patricia Deaver was born and raised in Southern West Virginia.  Her parents both worked full-time jobs in the local community. Growing up she wanted to attend college and get a degree in Psychology (later that would change). When she entered high school and began thinking about college, she quickly realized she was going to have to find a way to pay for her own education. While her parents made a decent income, they could not afford to pay her college tuition for her. Due to her parents’ income, she was not eligible for any of the state or federal offered grants, and very little money in scholarships.

Sgt Deaver’s step-father was friends with the local recruiter. During an event at her high school, she spoke to this recruiter and began seriously considering joining the WV Army National Guard. At the time she was only 17. The recruiter came to her house later that week to speak with her parents, and the deal was done. 24 days after her High School graduation, SGT Deaver shipped to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for both her basic (BCT) and advanced individual training (AIT).

10 years later, SGT Deaver is a member of the 1257th Transportation Company in Huntington, WV. During her 10 year enlistment, SGT Deaver has used both State and Federal Tuition Assistance programs to complete her college education. During that time she has also served two years of active duty time with Operation Enduring Freedom, served on 3 flood duties throughout the state, and continued to meet the increasing demands and responsibilities of her military career.

SGT Deaver has graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Services with a GPA of 3.6, Mountain State University with a Bachelors degree in Social Work with a GPA of 3.7, and Radford University with a Master’s degree in Social Work with a GPA of 4.0. She is currently employed at the Beckley VA Medical Center.

SGT Deaver feels that being a member of the WVARNG has provided her with both the intellectual and life skills needed to survive in today’s career world.  Without the assistance of the education department of the WVARNG, and the funds of both State and Federal Tuition Assistance, and support from her family and employer none of this would have been possible. 

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