Military veteran returns to school after 29 years of service

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Anthonette Ward always knew the military life was for her.

"I also think of myself as a patriot so I wanted to do my part."

She enlisted in the Air Force Reserve at 22. After eight years there, she had the opportunity to join the Army Reserves. That's where she spent 21 years, retiring in 2007.

"Now, I have the opportunity to help other veterans do what they want to do."

Ward says her military career took her all over the world, exposing her to all walks of life and lessons in patience, understanding, and compassion.

"Everybody is not like me, or this person isn't like that person. So, we had to take every individual for who they are."

Now, the 57-year-old grandmother is back in school learning lessons of a different kind as she works towards an associate degree in human resources at Trident Technical College.

"I have always gone to school or I would go to school, but never really decided what I wanted to be when I grow up, so now I've figured it out. I love helping people."

She says her purpose now is to serve veterans and help them transition back to civilian life and find work.

"Whatever it is that they're afforded, they absolutely deserve."

Ward says she plans to pursue her bachelor's degree after she completes her associates degree next summer.