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Military Transition Coaches

Carma Sample
Graduate Assistant

Carma Sample graduated from Roanoke College in 2006 with a degree in International Relations and is currently pursuing a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Radford University.
Carma  worked over six years at the Department of Veterans Affairs handling claims. She has extensive experience with
the Federal Laws and regulations that govern the claims process for disability and compensation claims and was even active in the recent re-adjudication of Vietnam Veterans’ claims under the Nehmer decision.
Carma is passionate about helping veterans understand the compensation and pension claims process and how to maneuver the Veterans Benefits Administration. She
hopes to spread the word regarding what current military members need to do before military discharge to obtain their potential future benefits and is still dedicated to
helping veterans obtain their deserved benefits.

Michael Shumate
Graduate Assistant

Michael Shumate graduated from Bluefield State College in 1995 with a degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. He served in the United States Army as a 13F-Fire Support Specialist from 1989 to 1992, West Virginia Army National Guard as a 13F-Fire Support Sergeant from 1992 to 1996, and in the Virginia Army National Guard as a 42A-Human Resources Sergeant from 2000 to 2006. He holds a Master’s in Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and has held teaching and administrative positions for over thirteen years in Virginia Public Schools.

Michael is passionate about helping the Radford University military community find resources on and off campus. He hopes to spread the word on how the Military Resource Center at Radford University can help veterans.

Matt Rabe
MRC office staff

Matt Rabe served in the US Army as a 13B-Cannon Crewmember from 1998-2001 at 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery – 25th Infantry Division. He graduated from Virginia Western Community College in 2013 with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.  He is currently an Accounting Major at Radford University.

Jason Clary
VA Work Study  

Jason Clary graduated from Lord Botetourt High School in 2003. He attended Radford University from 2003-2005 for Criminal Justice and ran cross country for the University in 2004. He then found his calling in the United States Army as an 11B- Infantryman from 2008-2013, where he was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC with the 1/508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. He is currently working on an Information Systems Degree.

Jason is eager to continue his passion of helping lead and education fellow soldiers with the transition to campus life by way of the Military Resource Center.

Brandon Shepherd
VA Work Study

Brandon graduated from Hampton High School in 2010 and went into active service in the US Army. After graduating from basic training at Fort Jackson, SC and attending Army Intelligence school at Fort Huachuca, AZ, he was stationed as an All Source Intelligence Analyst to 3-7 Calvary Squadron at Fort Stewart, GA. After years of training, he was deployed to Afghanistan August 2012 for a year. While serving in Afghanistan he applied for and received a Green to Gold Scholarship and selected Radford University as his institution of study. After returning stateside, he was honorably discharged from the military to attend college. He is currently enrolled at Radford University full-time as a Business Management major and ROTC cadet. Brandon plans to receive his commission as an officer in the US Army as well as a Bachelors in Business Management and a minor in Military Science by 2017. As a student veteran Brandon is an advocate for the usage of all veteran benefits and looks forward to the opportunity to help fellow student veterans or dependents of service members to take advantage of all the programs available to aid them in their education process. Brandon is also the vice president of the Veteran Student Organization.

To set up an appointment with one of the coaches or to find out more information on how the MRC can help you please call (540) 831-5002 or email: military@radford.edu.