Bravely enduring

Jordan Cody

Facing fatherhood, homelessness and injuries: One veteran’s journey to success

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Homelessness, fatherhood and traumatic brain injury — those are a few of the realities Jordan Cody faced as he earned his bachelor’s degree.

The United States Marine Corps veteran started his journey at Fresno State in 2016 in the Veterans Education Program. The program provides an educational re-entry opportunity for men and women who have served or are currently serving in the military.

Now, Jordan is the first student from the program to earn his bachelor’s degree — a feat that only took him two years. 

Jordan was accepted into six law schools. In the fall, he will begin studying to become a family law attorney.

“On paper, that sounds nice,” Jordan says humbly. “But behind the scenes, that wasn’t me. I had a village behind me keeping me going.”

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