Brenda Kelling

Vets Go From Military Service To Life In Classroom (+podcast)

Tuesday, November 06, 2018


San Antonio, TX. (Air1 News - Closer Look - Billie Branham) - Veterans are transitioning from a life of service for their country to a life of service in their communities through a program called Troops To Teachers.

Betsy Vane and Dr. Christopher Perrin went through the program, which is run by the Department of Defense, right after retiring from the Army. Both were drawn to a life in the classroom. Dr. Perrin recalls, “It’s something that I kind of always wanted to do. And that was kind of the impetus for me to go on and jump in with both feet. And I’ve had a blast. This past year, I’ve had more fun than I’ve had in years!”

Both Vane and Perrin served in the Army for many years before starting the program. They’ve just finished their first year of teaching at Health Careers High School in San Antonio, Texas.

Troops To Teachers operates in each state. Once current members of the Armed Forces or those who have been honorably discharged apply, the national office notifies candidates. Vane says the impact isn’t just on students but veterans who choose the program. “I think many people get involved in the military as a way of service. And then of course in the medical field as a way of service. And so I think both Dr. Perrin and I…what caught our eye with Troops to Teachers is that motto: ‘Proud to serve again.’”

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