Leaving the military after a long career in the United States Army – including service during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm – Ron Aderhold began the next phase of his life’s journey at Anderson University.
After graduating in April 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration as the program’s top student, Ron jumped right back into the classroom, enrolling in AU’s highly regarded Master of Business Administration program, with a concentration in health care policy. His choice of concentration is something Ron takes seriously – and he’s already applied what he’s learning at AU while working to alleviate homelessness among military veterans. It’s a growing problem, he said, with thousands of veterans returning home from battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq. He said 19 percent of the veterans of those two wars are homeless within 30 months of leaving active duty.
“Medical care, plus housing, equals stability,” Ron said. “There is so much more we could be doing to help our servicemen and servicewomen. Veterans need to know someone cares.”
Ron certainly does. It’s why, while attending the Washington Center’s prestigious Veterans Employment Trajectory initiative in 2017, part of its highly selective Internships and Academic Seminars program, Ron launched Operation Bedroll, a partnership among the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs; the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans; and the Washington Center.
(Learn more about Ron’s efforts here.)