***FOR THE RECORD: In the Sunday article, “Promises not kept,” from the “Tales from the Front” series, the sub-headline and article incorrectly reported Sgt. Ben Mayer had not received tuition to go to college. The article and headline should have reported Mayer was told he would be considered an in-state student to receive a lower tuition rate wherever he attended school, but instead he was considered an out-of-state student when he first moved to California. Mayer did receive funds from his G.I. Bill helping to pay for college. ***
Editor’s note: This is the first in a six-part series about war veterans who are members of the Veterans Student Union at UCI.
You’ve heard Ben Mayer’s story before.
He was a kid growing up in a big city suburb with a family that didn’t have enough money to send him to school. An 8-year-old Mayer saw his big brother become a Marine. He said he would never join the military, but as the college years approached, his options were limited.