Following his promotion and selection as an IO officer, he was reassigned to Camp Red Cloud, Korea, as the 2nd Infantry Division’s IO officer for 15 months. Upon returning from Korea, Lt. Col. Brooks was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division in Ft Hood, TX where he served as the IO officer for the 3rd “Greywolf” Brigade, the secretary to the general staff and the division IO officer. While assigned to the division he deployed to Iraq twice from 2006 to 2008 and later from 2009 to 2010. During these deployments he was responsible for coordinating Psychological Operations, Key Leader Engagement, Operations Security, Electronic Warfare and the coordination of these programs with Civil Affairs and Public Affairs activities.
Before crafting a college or financial aid essay, research each college or funding source carefully and in detail. Your essay should be crafted to address their mission and values as well as providing information why you are their best candidate. Make a list of what makes you unique and what’s important to you; how do you fit their target audience, what do you hope to accomplish if awarded the financial aid? Include items that show personality, character strengths and goals, painting a picture of why you are an excellent candidate for this source of financial aid. Remember, this is your personal statement to each individual organization. And, having a teacher or even a family member edit your essay before sending is always a good idea!
Many servicemembers and their family members will qualify for multiple GI benefits, while other programs and benefits are more specific (such as those geared towards Reservists or the dependents and spouses of deceased veterans). About 25% of those who benefit from veterans’ education programs are spouses and family members. Those looking to begin or continue their education, gain new marketable skills, or in training for a particular vocation should become familiar with the benefits and opportunities provided by the GI Bill(S) for which they are eligible.