Sergeant Bobby Bond just returned from his service of three and a half years in the military. After taking basic training in fall 2007, he attended Columbia College with the aid of the old GI Bill to pay partially for expenses for one year.
He joined the military with the intentions of relieving some of the financial burdens many students face.
“I’m not 18 anymore and not right out of high school,” Bond said. “I’m married now. I have bills to pay, and I signed up for the military in order to hopefully have some of those expenses taken care of fore me.”
Bond is attending MU in the fall as a sophomore, majoring in architectural engineering, with the aid of the previous GI Bill’s benefits, with hopes of covering the difference himself.
“It makes it possible for me to work part-time and go to school and still pay all my bills,” Bond said.
Bond just heard of the new additions made to the GI Bill, and even though he won’t be attending Columbia College in the fall to receive the benefits of it, he provides encouragement for it.
“From what I do know about it, I like it,” he said. “It’s a really good improvement.”