In addition to financial aid and scholarships, there are many paths students can take to help them pay for college, including enlisting in the military. While this route is not traditionally a first choice among high school students their senior year (or their parents), joining the Armed Forces has its rewards—not to mention the honorable commitment to serve our country. The concept of joining the military verses enrolling in college after graduation, has taken a back seat in public schools in comparison to the pomp and circumstance college-bound seniors typically receive. Military.com adds, “School districts, high schools and families rightly make a big deal about students getting accepted to college. But universities aren’t the only destination for graduating high school seniors.” Our Community Salutes is a national, non-profit organization working to highlight the grandeur of the military enlistment decision. Created by an educator and U.S. Army veteran, Dr. Kenneth Harman, OSC helps communities support high school seniors enlisting in the U.S. Armed Services after their high school graduation ceremony via the annual America Salutes ceremony. Other OSC sponsored community events occur across the United States support enlistee parents/guardians.Virtual attendees were also greeted with thank you messages from country music artist, Brantley Gilbert; Michigan State University coach, Tom Izzo; Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, Jewel; American actor, Robert Patrick and many more.
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