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Jones & Thomas Receive MOAA Scholarships

John Thomas (left) of Homerville and Scott Jones (right) of Nahunta were awarded Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) scholarships at the organization’s September meeting by MOAA Okefenokee Chapter President Frank Baugh (center).

MOAA scholarships are awarded to veterans or family members of veterans attending a post-secondary institution who meet specific criteria set by members of the association. Both Thomas and Jones are U.S. veterans attending OTC.

Jones is a combat veteran who served 4 ½ years in the United States Army as an infantryman. He served in one of the oldest, most decorated infantry battalions in the U.S. Army, the 3rd Battalion of the 15th Infantry Regiment of Ft. Stewart, Georgia. Jones was medically discharged after sustaining injuries during combat operations in Iraq and received the Combat Infantry Badge “CIB” and a combat patch.

Jones is working toward a degree in accounting/business management. He and his wife, Mandy, have three children: Konner, Ethan, and Maci Jay.

Thomas joined the U.S. Army at age 20 and completed his initial training at Ft. Benning, Georgia. His MOS was 11c (mortar crewmember). Shortly into his three-year enlistment, Thomas distinguished himself with a record of accomplishment for service above and beyond.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from Valdosta State University, Thomas began work with Child Protective Services and then took up addictions counseling. In his work as a certified addictions counselor and clinical director, Thomas began to realize the advantages of medical training for his patients and employer. As a result, he enrolled in the practical nursing program at OTC and plans to continue his education in order to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and become an RN.

Thomas and his wife, Deedee, live near Stephen C. Foster State Park in Clinch County.

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