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“John Powers visited our campus in February 2012 and presented “Soldier to Student”, Transition challenges for the Military and Veteran. He is very passionate in his quest to improve the lives of our nation’s veterans and military. He enlightened our faculty, staff and our student veterans on different ways to assist in the academic success of our veteran students. His personal story that led to the creation of Operation Vets, LLC is heartwarming.” Kurt Harris School Certifying Official, Ivy Tech Community College- Evansville

“John’s extensive knowledge of programs nationwide brings key expertise to our initiatives time and again.  He is clearly passionate about veterans’ issues and refuses to settle for anything but the best.  John’s experience and commitment continues to be a valuable asset for our team. Working with him is always a pleasure, particularly as he continues to bring new and innovative ideas to the table.”  Megan Krause, Associate Director, Military Programs- American Council on Education (ACE)

“With John Powers’ leadership, I see Operation Vets LLC headed in the right direction, especially in terms of a strong research agenda. We’re on the same page as far as an emphasis not only on access to higher education for veterans but also in terms of academic success and degree completion. This is the focus of the next wave of research on veterans in higher education and is a critical area for policy makers and senior administrators.” David DiRamio, Associate Professor – Auburn University
& Co-author, Creating a veteran-friendly campus : strategies for transition and success

“John Powers has been a passionate advocate for the mission of Operation Diploma, an initiative of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.  As a project that seeks to engage and educate institutions of higher education about the unique attributes of student service members and veterans, we have relied on John as a consultant, advisor, and grant proposal reviewer.  John brings a national, broad-based perspective to his work with us and can be counted on to meet commitments fully, on target, and with a great deal of insight.  We value John as an advisor and colleague very much.” Dr. Stacie Hitt, Director of Operation Diploma an initiative of the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University

“John is a tireless advocate for our servicemembers whose energy and creativity is, undeniably, making a longstanding impact.  Operation College Promise (OCP) is fortunate to  have him as a Board Member and look forward to continuing our strong partnership.” Wendy Lang, Director, Operation College Promise a program of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges & Universities

“John Powers and Operation Vets are the best of the best when it comes to Student Veterans and Higher Education. I have worked with him both in the creation of the Student Veterans of America and the Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE.org) and find him to be one of the true heroes in veteran reintegration.” John Mikelson, President, College Educations for  Veterans in Higher Education (CEVHE)

“I had the pleasure of having John Powers speak at a veteran’s awareness workshop at Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to an audience of faculty and staff members.  His knowledge and support of veterans, especially in academia, is staggering.  His presentation was enlightening and was given high praise in the workshop feedback questionnaire.  He effectively gave a comprehensive and realistic picture of the issues that veterans face; while highlighting the strengths they bring to college campuses.  He is both knowledgeable and passionate about veterans and is deserving to be regarded as an “honorary veteran”. Winnie Wilson, Manager IUPUI Office for Veterans and Military Personnel/ OEF Veteran

“John Powers came to complete a consultation for Ivy Tech Community College Region 5 – Kokomo, Logansport, Peru and Wabash. He gave us an excellent and comprehensive report which included praises as well as recommendations. He was friendly, fun and full of great information. I highly recommend him. He is very in tune with veterans and their needs, espeically in the academic environment. ” Alexandra Nelson, Former Asst. Director of Admissions/VA Certifying Official, Ivy Tech Community College

“John Powers  has been a tremendous asset to our veteran students, Veterans program and the University of Rhode Island.  The work he has done at URI has made a significant impact on our campus to ensure veteran student success. John is knowledgeable, passionate, highly professional and will be a tremendous asset to any program he works with. I have full confidence in his abilities and highly recommend him. ” Jeff Johnson, Director of Veteran Services, University of Rhode Island

“I first met John several years ago, when he began his tireless quest to improve the quality of life for our nation’s heroes. I have worked with John in a number of capacities and have been impressed beyond words with his enthusiasm and generosity of spirit. John has the potential to impact veterans lives and the larger community in a way that most people couldn’t even imagine. As a psychologist working with veterans for over 12 years, I have learned that often the best thing you can give people, especially those returning from war, is a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. Education and meaningful employment is the key to that, and this is exactly what John Powers and Operation Vets has to offer.” Jennifer F.  Lambert, Ph.D

“I am writing to express my full support for John Powers and Operation Vets LLC. I have worked with John since 2006 and have seen him work tirelessly on the state and national levels advocating for veterans. John is as passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable as veterans’ advocate’s come, and he has been an asset to the veterans in the State of Rhode Island.”  Daniel Evangelista, Associate Director, Rhode Island Division of Veterans Affairs

“It had been my honor and pleasure to work with John Powers and the Operation Vets team for over two years. No where else in the country is there such a motivated and dedicated program focused on making the transition to society and its trappings as smooth as possible. Operation Vets has taken the lead both locally and nationally in the world of veteran advocacy. I can say without hesitation that the veterans in the Northeast have one of the most valuable and reliable resources available to them and that is thanks to the hard work and dedication of John Powers and Operation Vets.” Matt Randle, Board Member-Student Veterans of America, Student Director-VETS Office at the University of Arizona

“John is one of the most passionate and inspiring Veterans’ advocates I have ever met or worked with.  John is proactive in his outreach and research, he is dedicated in his efforts to streamline and assist returning veterans and his time is rarely spent on anything but his work when there is more to be done for the veteran community.  If there was ever a question or a resource that I needed or sought, John was my first and last call.  He always knew what I was talking about and how it applied to my situation.  His work is monumental on the local, state and national levels.  I have worked with John in college cafeterias trying to rewrite school policies regarding admissions for veterans, and we have worked side by side on the steps of the US Capitol, championing the successful Post-9/11GI Bill, the most influential piece of legislation for veterans in recent years.  There is no one I would rather have fighting for me on veterans rights and reforms than John Powers.” James McMahon, USMC, OIF Veteran, Student Veteran

“John has helped make my transition from military to student a success. Whether I have questions about academics or veteran benefits he’ll find a way to answer it. There should be a John Powers on every University Campus.” Andres Valencia, Navy, Student Veteran

John has been instrumental in helping us form the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI)’s Student-Veterans Assistance Group. The assistance he has provided has been more than appreciative and has made our group a success. He clearly demonstrates the meaning of “Veterans First” and is generous to provide as much assistance for returning home veterans as possible. He knows the “in and outs” of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits, and makes sure that our group and our members are successful in their transition into college. Overall, if any College were to start a Student-Veterans Organization, I recommend Operation Vets to ensure a successful result. Thank you, John Powers and Operation Vets! Marc R. Laurent, USMC, Former President and Co-Founder, Student Veterans Assistance Group, Community College of Rhode Island

I want to sincerely thank John Powers. John’s hard work and dedication to the Operation Vets Program has successfully helped me achieve my goal in attending college for the first time. I was honorably discharged in 2006 and I had go through some tough times which took a drastic toll on my confidence. I tried numerous times to get started in school to successfully use my GI Bill benefits. I researched information, called numerous numbers and places, I wrote numerous letters, and it just left me more confused and discouraged. My attempts were unsuccessful for over a year. Thankfully, I connected with John Powers who advised me and helped me navigate all the obstacles I was facing.  John fought for me and had extreme patience with me and continued his elite professionalism at all times. If it wasn’t for John Powers I’m positive I wouldn’t be in school attending classes currently. John brought confidence and success back into my life. I will always remember him and have forever appreciation for all he has done. Thanks John Powers!!” Cory Laberge,  OIF Veteran, Student Veteran

2 Comments
  1. Andres Valencia permalink

    John has helped make my transition from military to student a success. Whether the question is about academics or veteran benefits he’ll find a way to answer it. There should be a John Powers on every University Campus.

  2. John Powers and Operation Veterans are the best of the best when it comes to Student Veterans and Higher Education.
    I have worked with him both in the creation of the Student Veterans of America and the Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE.org) and find him to be one of the true heroes in veteran reintegration.

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