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Maintaining a 4.0 grade point average is a difficult task for any college student. It means making a perfect score in every single college class. For students who are able to make an A in all of their classes there is a special recognition of being placed on the President’s List.

This past Christmas was particularly bright for Yvonne Grissett as she discovered that she had been placed on the President’s List. Her story is even more remarkable when one stops to consider that she was a homeless United States Veteran until the U.S. Vets Initiative gave her a place to stay and reached out to help her to get back on her feet.

She went from being homeless to having an apartment, a job, and being able to enroll at Stratford University in Falls Church, Virginia. Stratford University was founded in 1976 and by using new technology has emerged as one of the leading adult university programs for full time working people who want to gain a college education.

“U.S. Vets Initiative helped me. They supported me. They gave me a chance. When I came into the program I needed direction. I was walking past the glass case at Stratford and saw my name on the President’s List. I did not know that I had made a 4.0 until I saw the list,” Grissett said.

Marina Ruiz, the VA Certifying Official at Stratford University, confirmed that Grissett did, indeed, maintain a 4.0 grade point average and had made the President’s List for the quarter. The motto at Stratford is “Changing lives, one student at a time.” The slogan became a reality for United States Veteran Yvonne Grissett.

By focusing on online instruction, Stratford University has been able to help thousands and thousands of students who normally would be locked out of getting their college degrees because they have to work full time. There are many brilliant college graduates who did not have parents to pay for them to attend college; however, through hard work and determination they succeeded.

Stratford University has created programs to help United States Veterans complete their education. The United States Veterans Administration has recognized Stratford University as a military-friendly institution. The university offers programs to assist military students on tuition assistance and the school is a member of the Department of Defense Service Members Opportunity Colleges Consortium.

The university is approved for training veterans under United States Code Title 38 and Chapter 31 to assist United States Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities. It also is approved for training Post-Vietnam Era Veterans with education assistance.

When other university programs were slow to embrace online instruction as a viable method of teaching college students, Stratford University raced to the forefront of colleges that saw online instruction as the answer for students who could not break free to attend a physical classroom; however, had the intelligence and ability to use the computer and the internet for a positive educational experience. It found that online instruction enabled students to pass college examinations with equal success to physical classroom instruction.

“I want to thank every person at U.S. Veterans Initiative for reaching out to me and helping me. Making a 4.0 at Stratford University would not have been possible with the help of U.S. Veterans Initiative. I am thankful for all they did for me,” Grissett said.

As Grissett stood up to announce her academic success at the Christmas dinner provided by U.S. Veterans Initiative with the wonderful assistance of a donation from Walmart, her fellow United States veterans gave her an ovation when she announced that she had made the President’s List in her university program. They were happy for her. The spirit of the military to never leave a person behind was alive and well.

For information on the U.S. Veterans Initiative Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program contact U.S. VETS Washington, D.C. office at 1 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 310. The telephone number is 202-545-1660. To make a donation or to seek help contact Linda Clark Holland, Program Manager, and her staff. Go to: for more information.

For veterans who are interested in classroom or the online programs at Stratford University go to:



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