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UNCW helps ease veterans' transition to student life

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- They were on the front lines fighting for their country and their lives. Now many former troops from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are back home and going to college. They're tough, but it's still a hard transition from the front lines to the front seat in the classroom. UNCW is trying to make it as painless as possible.

"While I was still in the Navy applying for this, it definitely drove me here, because it made the process from transferring from military to student so easy," said Navy veteran Deborah Lebandoski. She says she's impressed by the effort the university is making to make vets feel at home. "I think they have a lot of military friendly events and clubs and you know just a lot of people who support the military so there's a lot of avenues to explore."

The vets know that adjusting to an ordinary life isn't an easy task. Matt Goers, a former Marine, knows that all too well.

"It's a really big transition and I can see where a lot of people would be really overwhelmed with it," Goers said.

GI Jobs magazine named UNCW as one of the top military friendly schools in the nation. As the troops come back to assimilate back into everyday life, they say the school's focus is making a big difference.

"I can't think of a thing the school hasn't done perfectly," Goers said. "I mean the whole process is very streamlined and very effective."

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