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Workshop Assists Service Members, Veterans, Reservists and Their Spouses

By Jeff Murphy, January 14, 2016

WARRENSBURG, MO –  Return With Purpose, a free workshop that will help military personnel and veterans identify barriers in order to make a smooth transition from active duty to civilian life, is planned for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the University of Central Missouri. Registration is now being accepted for the one-day session, which takes place in Room 235 of the Elliott Student Union.

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.

Individuals who have attended the program in the past have described it as “insightful and helpful,” including noting that they obtained tools immediately that will help them become more in control of their lives. Others say it’s a program “that stimulates new ideas,” and has helped them “see a way forward” after leaving the military.

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 Feb. 19.

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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