ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Resource Center Helps Vets Succeed

Deanne Locker, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, didn't want her children to grow up in the military -- that's why she and her husband Kaelin, also an Army sergeant, decided to leave the military behind and acclimate back into civilian life.

Locker, a La Puente native, was deployed to Iraq in 2007. She returned in 2009 and eventually left the military altogether in 2011. In total, she served eight years in the Army.

Shortly thereafter, she and her husband moved back to Southern California from Hawaii and enrolled in school, hoping to attain long lasting careers post-military.

With about 530 identified student veterans attending Cal State Fullerton, fewer than 75 of whom are women, the university's Veterans Resource Center (VRC) offers assistance to active and reserve military, veterans like Locker and dependents through a number of programs, workshops, services and events. Continue reading

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