Hinds Community College recognizes the sacrifice of members of the United States Armed Forces and we want to provide the best service and support to our Veterans. Our office is here to help Veterans and their dependents use their benefits to cover college expenses. Feel free to contact the Office of Veteran’s Benefits for assistance. We can:
- Help you prepare for a new career
- Upgrade your jobs skills
- Help you prepare for transfer to a 4 year college
- Assist you in making the most of your educational benefits
As the Coordinator for Veteran Services, Ryan Braswell can be found assisting military students in obtaining their Federal or State military education benefits. Ryan also helps students by ensuring the needs and overall wellness of student veterans are met.
After graduating from Central Hinds Academy, Ryan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. From 2004-2008, he served as a Field Radio Operator, and Machine Gunner in Charlie Company, AT Battalion 4th Marine Division. out of Jackson MS. In 2008, Ryan moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where he became an Assistant Communications Chief for Kilo Battery 2nd battalion, 14th Marines, 4th Marine Division. During his time in the USMCR, Ryan served on 3 tours overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2011, Braswell completed his contract and moved back to Raymond where he lives with his wife, son and daughter.
"Veteran Services was originally established to assist military students in obtaining their VA benefits; It has since evolved into a department to help military students with all aspects of transitioning into the academic life. Choosing to go back school after military service can be intimidating at first, but that's why we are here to help military students get back into the mindset needed to achieve their educational goals and to show them the resources that can help them along the way." he said.