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Veteran Uses GI Bill Benefits To See The World

While a student at Sam Houston State, Army veteran Benjamin Blume found a unique way to continue the sense of adventure he experienced while serving in the military.

Benjamin Blume at Stonehenge
Benjamin Blume at Stonehenge during one of his seven study abroad trips to nineteen different countries while a student at Sam Houston State University.

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After he left the Army, Benjamin Blume found a unique way to continue the sense of adventure he experienced serving in the military. As a student at Sam Houston State University, he decided to study abroad as much as he could.

With the help of the university’s Office of International Programs and the Veterans Resource Center, Blume completed seven study abroad trips in three and a half years, which allowed him to visit 19 different countries, which set a record for Sam Houston State.

He’s visited the likes of Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and New Zealand and used scholarship funds and and GI Bill benefits from the military to pay his way.

Benjamin Blume in New Zealand
Benjamin Blume in New Zealand during one of his study abroad trips.

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Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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