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For Valedictorian, Education Builds Bridge from Military to Civilian Life

May 23, 2013

After Sarah Green-Hosey (BSCJ ’13) left the U.S. Air Force in 2010, she recognized the importance of pursuing a bachelor’s degree with Strayer University to get ahead in her civilian career. "When I started applying for jobs after the military, I listed my 4.0 grade point average on every resume, and employers always took notice," she says.

In recognition of Green-Hosey’s academic success, she earned the valedictorian honors at Strayer University’s regional commencement ceremony at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. During the ceremony, Green-Hosey addressed nearly 1,200 fellow graduates and their guests.

“Earning my college degree definitely played a role in helping me land my current position,” she says. Green-Hosey works as a management analyst for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Baltimore. She uses the tools she gained from Strayer University, coupled with her military experience, to handle employee claims for veterans and active-duty personnel. She also serves as a liaison between the management staff and the regional office in Baltimore, to ensure that claim requests are being processed and transferred efficiently.

Prior to working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Green-Hosey served in the U.S. Air Force as an emergency manager and first responder for chemical and natural disasters. In this role, she taught biological and chemical weapons courses, and received the Air Force Achievement Medal for her outstanding instruction. 

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