"It's like a dream come true," says Iraqi war veteran, Jessica Lynch. "It's something that I've longed for for such a long time and now- her I am."
After years of hard work in and out of the classroom, Lynch is graduating from WVU-P. A move she encourages all veterans to make.
"It's one of the best opportunities you can have," she says. "The military is paying for you to go to school. So, take advantage of the G.I. Bill and get that degree because it's going to help you down the road."
Eighteen veterans, including Lynch, are graduating from West Virginia University at Parkersburg. It's an accomplishment made a little easier with help from state officials.
"We in the West Virginia National Guard offer, thanks to the governor and legislator, offer tuition reimbursement over and above the G.I.Bill," says Major General James Hoyer, of the West Virginia Joint Forces Headquarters.
With a Masters Degree in her future, Lynch says she's ready for the next chapter of her life.
"I'm just thrilled to be graduating and look forward to what the future holds for me."