Chris Noerjadi Named Top DeKalb Military Veteran
Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
|Author: Rebecca Rakoczy|
For Immediate Release
Navy veteran Chris Noerjadi didn’t fight on a battlefield, but that doesn’t mean that he is any less sensitive to the issues facing today’s veterans trying to reenter society and college.
That sensitivity was lauded recently, when the Georgia Perimeter College military outreach coordinator was named DeKalb County’s Distinguished Military Veteran. The honor was bestowed during a special ceremony held at DeKalb County’s Administrative building Nov. 7.
Noerjadi was recognized by the county Veterans Advisory Board for his efforts to help student veterans. It was the first time a college outreach coordinator received the honor.
Noerjadi was nominated by student veterans who came into contact with him, said Mark Eister, GPC’s Military Outreach director. “At GPC, Chris contributes significantly to the overall development and enhancement of college military friendly policies and procedures for veterans, service members, dependents and survivors. Chris coordinates the day-to-day operations of the Military Outreach Center and assists in the transition process of veterans to an academic setting, while connecting them with appropriate departments and resources. This award reflects the outstanding efforts of Chris and the infectious positive attitude he presents each and every day as he serves GPC’s student veterans.”
As the military outreach coordinator, Noerjadi sees many student veterans who have problems navigating financial aid and Veteran Administration benefits. “But there is a significant segment of GPC’s 800 veterans who have a service-related disability. They need personal counseling services, disability accommodations, and in-depth Veterans Affairs benefits advisements, as well as other services,” he says.
Helping the student veterans get the right services –and the help they need—gives him the most satisfaction. “The most meaningful part of my job is that my work contributes to a student veterans’ transition (to civilian life) and their academic success.”
Now a member of the Navy Reserves, Noerjadi says he entered the Navy because he needed money for college—and he wanted to travel the world. He served on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk and the U.S.S. Blue Ridge, with two tours in Yokosuka, Japan, and one in Naval Station Great Lakes, before joining the Navy Reserves in 2013. Just 28, he also is a student—studying engineering at GPC. He plans to transfer to Georgia Tech in fall
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Georgia Perimeter College, the largest state college of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 23,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.