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Workshop Oct. 24 Aids Military Personnel, Veterans in Transition to Civilian Life

By Jeff Murphy, September 29, 2015

WARRENSBURG - Return With Purpose, a  free one-day workshop designed to help military personnel and veterans identify barriers and take steps to help them make a smooth transition to civilian life, is returning to the University of Central Missouri. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in Elliott Student Union, Room 235, and individuals planning to attend must register by Oct. 16.

Return With Purpose provides a great opportunity for those retiring from the military, separating, or thinking about retirement, as well as those just setting future planning goals. The program helps individuals re-think their approach and define a plan, not just for transition, but planning for any career or life goal. It will assist participants in evaluating where they are now, and how to arrive at their desired path for the future. Participants will learn more about a process which will help them create a positive future, including landing a better job, getting the education they really want, and reconnecting with family and friends. It picks up where the military’s Transitional Assistance Program (TAP) leaves off with transitioning service members. Return With Purpose is open to military personnel who are preparing to leave service, veterans, members of the National Guard, reservists and military spouses.

Leading the workshop will be Greg Ganschaw, chief executive officer and founder of Return With Purpose. Ganschaw is a U.S. Air Force veteran who has worked with Fortune 500 companies to help employees and corporations to maximize their skills, abilities and productivity.

The workshop’s curriculum was developed with input from psychologists and has been in use for more than 40 years. It is tailored to meet needs specific to military members and their families, and has been implemented by higher education institutions that include Stanford, Penn State, and Washington University, to name just a few.

Advance registration is required. Interested individuals must RSVP to Ganschaw at or call 314-520-2046 by the Oct. 16 registration deadline. Ganschaw can address any questions related to the program. Individuals making reservations should advise him of their name and military status, phone number, and email address. They should also let him know if they are a UCM student. Limited seating is available.

Anyone who wants to know more about educational opportunities available for active duty military personnel and veterans at UCM can contact Jeff Huffman, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services, via email at or call 660-543-8989, or Delilah Nichols, coordinator, at or 660-543-8977.


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