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Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson, Army

By joining the Army, Matt Johnson followed four generations of family members who served their country.

But at Columbus State, he hopes to reach a milestone no other in his immediate family can claim: "I'll be the first one to get a degree."

“It's a tight-knit group. We're all family."

Johnson, 29, spent three years at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout before life led him to Columbus. An interest in dentistry brought him to Columbus State. Now in his second semester, Johnson is steadily working toward his associate of science degree and plans to take his Dental Admission Test so he can attend dental school.

A Chicago native, Johnson didn't know many people when he moved to Central Ohio. But as soon he connected with Columbus State's Military & Veterans Services, everything fell into place, he said.

Jay Favuzzi, the department's supervisor, is an invaluable resource for veteran students. And many of the other veterans, he discovered, help out each other. He is roommates with another Columbus State student he met on campus.

"It's a tight-knit group," he said. "We're all family."