The University of Central Missouri’s Office of Military and Veterans Services is inviting active duty military members, veterans, and their spouses to attend 'Return With Purpose', a free workshop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 29th, in the Elliott Student Union , Room 237B.

The workshop will help military personnel and veterans identify barriers in order to make a smooth transition from active duty to civilian life. Registration is being accepted through Octoberth 24 for this one-day session.

'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. They will learn how to evaluate where they are now and how to arrive at a desired path for the future. It also 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, and reservists. Military spouses who have supported their husband or wife in their military career, and want to pursue a new direction for personal growth or adjust to a new location, are also encouraged to participate.

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.

Advance registration is required. Interested individuals must RSVP to Ganschaw at or call 314-520-2046 by October 24t.
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.

Kurt Parsons