by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
Posted 6/06/14, 10:58 am
A few months after Eli Williamson returned from his deployment to Iraq in 2004, his college loan officer called. Scrape together $2,200 in 20 days, the officer said, or default on the loan.
While attending Luther College in Iowa, Williamson and childhood friend Roy Brown joined the Army Reserves. Both served deployments in Iraq. The friends racked up student loans because the G.I. Bill wouldn’t cover everything.