HBCUs, Post-9/11 Military Veterans Exploring Mutual Attraction - Higher Education: After serving 10 years in the Air Force, including a deployment to Afghanistan, Rommie Parker decided to pursue higher education. Though he was last stationed at Bolling Air Force Base, where he was surrounded by colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C., area, Parker chose instead to return to his hometown, Fayetteville, N.C.
Two years ago, Parker enrolled as an undergraduate at Fayetteville State University and has worked about halfway through a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He aims to become an FBI or Secret Service agent.
” Fayetteville State does a good job. They have a dedicated office for veterans. We don’t deal with anybody else on campus,” says Parker, who is employed at the Student Veterans’ Center on work-study.