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28 G.I. JOBS | JANUARY 2019 | GIJOBS.COM FOOTBALL FELLOWSHIP IT ISSUES PLAGUE GI BILL PAYMENTS USO, FedEx partnership with 2 NFL teams provides valuable career experience to 4 recent veterans. LAST FALL FOUR RECENTLY TRANSITIONED service members gained valuable, once-in-a- lifetime career experience with two NFL teams. FedEx and the USO, together with the Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins, created the FedEx Football Fellowship to help military members gain on-the-job work experience as they transition into civilian life. The 12-week fellowship is an extension of the USO Pathfinder program, which provides resources, a global network and personalized service to assist former service members and military spouses in their transition back to civilian life. Meet the inaugural class of the FedEx Football Fellowship: IT difficulties in changing the way GI Bill payments are processed under the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill) delayed payments to thousands of student veterans last fall. On Dec. 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs implemented a year-long delay in the changes until the IT problems are corrected. We asked several organizations their thoughts on the difficulties. The Military Officer Association of America (MOAA) weighed in. "MOAA is concerned about the amount of time the VA IT changes are taking. However, the association appreciates the measures the VA has taken, such as mandatory overtime, expediting hardship claims, and keeping schools and veteran service organizations updated on its progress. MOAA further understands the VA sounded alarms about IT challenges to Congress before the law was implemented. After the technology situation is resolved, the association expects all veterans to receive timely back payments for housing rates as stipulated in the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act. The association acknowledges Secretary Wilkie's clarification on housing payments. The association sincerely hopes that in the future, Congress and the VA will do all it can to avoid recurring IT issues." Aniela Szymanski, Director, Guard and Reserve Affairs and VA Benefits, MOAA Government Relations LAWRENCE LAMONT WHITED II BRANCH: Army YEARS OF SERVICE: 4 years HIGHEST RANK: Specialist (E-4) AGE: 27 HOMETOWN: Youngstown, Ohio DEPLOYED: One deployment to Jordan; one deployment to Syria 2018 FEDEX FOOTBALL FELLOWSHIP TEAM: Tennessee Titans WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB AFTER THE MILITARY? My dream job now is to become an official member of the Titans after the fellowship, and my lifelong dream job is to become a law enforcement agent with the federal government. WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THIS FELLOWSHIP? This fellowship not only taught me a lot about the business of football, but about myself as well. A season-long behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to make every Sunday a success was an invaluable experience. WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THIS FELLOWSHIP? My biggest takeaway working with the Redskins this season is that there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to put on a Sunday game production. This experience also taught me about myself and how I will have no problem excelling as a civilian. I was a little intimidated walking into the fellowship after 21 years of active duty working in the logistics world. JASON DETERS BRANCH: Marine Corps YEARS OF SERVICE: 6 years HIGHEST RANK: Sergeant (E-5) AGE: 31 HOMETOWN: Cincinnati 2018 FEDEX FOOTBALL FELLOWSHIP TEAM: Washington Redskins DARNELL INGRAM BRANCH: Air Force YEARS OF SERVICE: 21 years HIGHEST RANK: Master sergeant (E-7) AGE: 41 HOMETOWN: Cleveland DEPLOYED: Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan; Balad Air Base, Iraq; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 2018 FEDEX FOOTBALL FELLOWSHIP TEAM: Washington Redskins WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB AFTER TRANSITIONING OUT OF THE MILITARY? My dream job is to coach at the collegiate level or work as an athletic director at the collegiate level. JOHN LEE WILLIAMS JR. BRANCH: Army YEARS OF SERVICE: 21 years HIGHEST RANK: Master sergeant (E-8) AGE: 40 HOMETOWN: Philadelphia DEPLOYED: Two deployments to Iraq; one to Afghanistan 2018 FEDEX FOOTBALL FELLOWSHIP TEAM: Tennessee Titans EDUCATION VOICE OF VETERANS

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