Nate Davis, director of Xavier University’s Veterans Affairs Office, has received a personal invitation from the Obama Campaign to tell his personal story about the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, September 4.
Davis will appear on the Convention stage between 8-8:30 pm on Tuesday 9/4 and speak for two minutes.
The convention team has arranged to fly him out of Cincinnati Monday Sept. 3 and return Wednesday Sept. 5. An interview taped earlier at his mother's home will be played prior to his taking the convention stage at Time Warner Cable Arena.
“I'm not really sure why I was chosen to speak on a platform that will have the eyes of the world focused on it,” Madisonville resident Davis says, “but I accept it with great honor and humility.”
Davis spent four years as an active-duty Marine; 11 months were in Iraq. He had completed the Great Oaks Police Academy when he met the founder of Xavier’s Veterans Affairs Office who suggested he check out Xavier and get a degree. He decided to attend Xavier on the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Now, as director of Xavier’s Veterans Affairs Office, he provides one-on-one help as someone who understands both the military and college worlds, both are which are complicated. Xavier created the office in November 2009 to help recruit and retain the influx of veterans returning from the war and looking to take advantage of the new GI Bill’s educational benefit, which provides full tuition and a book stipend.
“We’re just trying to connect veterans, so they see their opportunities,” he says. “If our academic programs aren’t the right fit, we don’t just send the veteran away. The focus is on the veterans, so if it looks like another school is best for them, we help them get there.”
Xavier is a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine. It participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and works with veterans to offer financial aid. More about the office is available at www.xavier.edu/veterans