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Rasmussen College Hosts Event To Help Veterans Transition To Civilian Career

Rep. John Kriesel to Speak at Veteran Networking Event June 14

June 11, 2012

Erin Werthman
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (June 11, 2012) – As thousands of military men and women return home from active duty, they often find themselves in another battle – fighting to find a job. Rasmussen College is proud to partner with Volt Military Heroes Program to help ease the transition into civilian careers for our nation’s heroes. Rep. John Kriesel, a war hero himself, will share his first hand experience and advice with veterans during networking event on Thursday, June 14, Flag Day, from 3-4:30 p.m. at Rasmussen College Blaine campus.

The event will provide veterans an opportunity to meet with their peers and get advice about re-entering the workforce from experts in veteran recruiting and the military transition process. They will learn what to expect in the civilian job market and how to best translate their military experience into a new career.

“Many of our soldiers give up their jobs and careers to protect the rights of others, often in a foreign land, while others put off starting a civilian career to join the military,” said Patty Sagert, campus director of the Rasmussen College Blaine campus. “Once they return, some soldiers find themselves lost and unsure on how to make the next transition into a new career. Rasmussen College recognized this concern, and through our partnership with Volt Military Heroes Program, we hope to provide some additional resources to help our American heroes.”

Rep. John Kriesel knows this struggle first hand. Kriesel enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday, and he served on a NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. Later, he volunteered for a deployment in Iraq. In 2006, the Humvee he was riding in struck a roadside bomb, and his injuries were so severe that he had to have both legs amputated. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star. 

After ten years of serving our country, Kriesel returned home and had to transition to not only civilian life, but to life as an amputee. He went on to serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives and has now been appointed to serve in a new role providing veterans and their families with benefit counseling, referrals and assistance in a variety of programs

The event is being offered at no cost and is open to the public. For more information on Rasmussen College or this event, call (763) 795-4720 or visit

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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