Meet Rutgers Student Veterans

What's it like for vets at Rutgers? As with anything else in life, each person's experience is different. Below, some current Rutgers students share their stories about arriving on campus after time in military service.

Bryan AdamsBryan Adams, Camden College of Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Palmyra, New Jersey

Bryan served in the U.S. Army from September 2002 to September 2005 as a U.S. Army Sniper. Deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received during an ambush.

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Jose RamirezJose Ramirez, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers–New Brunswick
Hometown: Camden, New Jersey

Jose was stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps base at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, from 2001 through 2005, serving on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and traveling to Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Philippines, and other locations. He served in the Marine Reserve until early 2009. He started at Rutgers in spring 2006.

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Courtney RaphaelCourtney Raphael, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers–New Brunswick
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Courtney began her military career in the 1980s in the U.S. Navy. She served as a Seabee and then as an aviation electronics technician. After active duty time, Courtney served as a reservist, eventually spending 15 years in active and reserve service. During her time in the military, Courtney's units participated in various exercises around the world; her reserve unit was activated in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm.

Rachel RogersRachel Rogers, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers New Brunswick
Hometown: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Rachel joined the U.S. Army in 2001 as an Arabic cryptologic linguist and attended the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio in Monterey, California, for a year and a half to study Arabic. She had deployments in Iraq in 2004 and Afghanistan in 2005–2006, followed by one year in the Army Reserve and one year in the Arizona National Guard.