Ed Tjaden – Help A Hero Scholarship Recipient – Sport Clips Haircuts

Ed Tjaden – Help A Hero Scholarship Recipient – Sport Clips Haircuts


(cheerful music playing) I was 24 when I decided
to enlist in the army. I was in college. My wife and I had a young son, and I wasn’t happy with
the way my life was going, so I decided that I wanted
a better life for my family, and so I decided to join the army. I was in the army for
a little over 6 years. Shortly after enlisting, I was deployed to Iraq for 15 months. There I worked in the brigade
aviation element slash air defense unit where we arranged flights and we cleared the air
for artillery missions. After that, I came home and
was reunited with my family at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. After being officially
retired from the military, I decided I wanted to go back to school. I learned about the
Help a Hero Scholarship from my VFW commander, and I thought, “Why not me?” And so, I applied for it. I received an email from
the VFW and SportClips, and I was approved. Now, I’m in my third
year of law school here at Washington University in St. Louis. I always wanted to be an attorney before I even went to the military. And I always tell my sons that they’ve got to achieve their dreams. And so, that’s what I
decided I was going to do, was be an example to them of coming back and achieving my dream
of being an attorney. My absolute favorite thing
to do is to spend time with my wife and three boys. Being a dad is my most important job. It’s funny, I can track my military career through my son’s ages. I’ve got my 14 year old
who is my pre-military son, my 6 year old who is
my post-deployment son, and then, my three year old
which is my retirement surprise. I am immensely proud and
excited that my son is going to be starting his freshman year and starting for his
freshman football team. The Help a Hero scholarship
not only helped me, but it helped my family, because
we were able to put my sons in a school that we wanted them to be in, and they are thriving
there in that school, and getting a great
education where I can focus on my studies now, now that I know they are taken care of as well. Currently, I work downtown at a law firm on the afternoons that I don’t have class. I intend on using my law degree to help other veterans with their legal issues. They need the best legal service as well and I believe in veterans
helping other veterans. What I would like to say to the
people that have given money to the Help a Hero Scholarship
and invested in me, is “Thank you” and I will make
you proud of your investment. I am Ed Tjaden, United States
Army, and today I salute you.

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