July 5, 2016
“My service was my privilege, and I’m a lucky man to have been able to do so,” said Sgt. Cody Ward.
Ward went on six combat deployments while serving in the U.S. Army 1st Ranger Battalion as an Infantryman. He was sent to both Afghanistan and Iraq, three times each. These days, he is pursuing an education in the medical field.
Ward heard about the VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” when he saw a promotion at his local Sport Clips. He applied and was granted $5,000 to help cover the cost of his education.
“The degree path I have chosen is rigorous and finances are one of my major concerns,” says Ward. “This scholarship has value far beyond its monetary worth. It is a show of support and your faith in me to succeed.”
Ward has begun schooling to become a Physician’s Assistant. He is unsure about what area of medicine he will work in, but knows for certain he will use his expertise and training to care for veterans and underprivileged Americans.
“Once I graduate, I will use my education to help veterans, which I hope will further increase the value of your investment in me,” said Ward.
Ward advises veterans not to wait for the perfect time to pursue their education because there is no such thing.
“Don’t wait until your position in life is ‘ideal’. Do it now. Eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and go to school. Now,” said Ward.