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Ed.D. student spearheads Vets Helping Vets furniture donation

September 01, 2015 by Cindy O'Dell
Vets helping Vets furniture donation.

Miles T. Leader, a retired Navy senior chief and Brandman University doctoral student, (in white hat) joins a group of chief petty officer selectees from the Training Support Center in San Diego and a Marine veteran in front of the Interfaith Community Services/Veterans Assistance of San Diego where they delivered furniture through the Vets Helping Vets community relations project.

There’s no end to the variation of projects Brandman University School of Education doctoral students take on while completing their degrees. For Miles T. Leader, a retired Navy senior chief who now works as an education services specialist for the Navy College Program in San Diego, there was little doubt that his dissertation would revolve around other veterans making the transition to civilian life.

Leader doesn’t just study it academically. He works with his fellow veterans through Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2422 (his transformational change projected involved helping the VFW adopt new technologies for displaying their information) and by coordinating a community relations project called Vets Helping Vets, sponsored by the VFW post. Recently, a group of chief petty officers and chief petty officer selectees from the Training Support Center, Naval Base San Diego, and VFW members delivered furniture donated by Coronado Cays residents to homeless veterans in Escondido.

“As an agent of change, leaving a legacy is about making a difference. Leaders need to have the courage to take a stand on things that matter. For me, it’s the plight of the homeless veteran. There should be no such thing as a homeless veteran,” said Leader.

This weekend the group will conduct a furniture drive focusing on Coronado Village.

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