The veteran transition and how education is crucial to further economic development and growth

Join us for this breakout session and opportunity for discussion the importance of using the education benefits and other options available to the veteran student.


Featured Speaker:

Rebecca Burgess


Rebecca Burgess is Senior Editor at American Purpose; Acting Director of the Classics in Strategy and Diplomacy project; and Taskforce Lead for the George W. Bush Institute Veterans in Higher Education Taskforce. Additionally, Burgess is a 2021 National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and
sits on the Reader Review Board of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Journal. She’s an Advisory Board Member of Combined Arms and of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation/Monticello, and a participant in the NEH Educating for American Democracy: A Roadmap for Excellence in History and Civics Education project.

Rebecca researches the political and social institutions of democratic governance, including civics and national security, civil-military relations and the military life cycle, veterans and politics, and the political theory of empire, through her work as founder and principal of The CivMil Project. She has nearly two decades of combined public policy, administrative, and academic experience, holding the position most recently as a research fellow both in Foreign and Defense Policy and Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. A Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in politics at the University of Dallas, her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Military Times, Newsweek, The American Interest, and The Strategy Bridge, among others. She is the co-editor, with Gary J. Schmitt, of McCulloch v. Maryland at 200: Debating John Marshall’s Jurisprudence (American Enterprise Institute, 2020).



The mission of the Combined Arms Education Committee is to enhance collaboration and communication among institutions of higher education in the greater Houston area and across the state of Texas.


Education Committee Breakout:

November 18th 10:00am-12:00pm CST

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Education Collaboration Committee Chairs

Monteigne Long

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Monteigne Long is the Assistant Director of the Office of Veteran Services with The Texas A&M University System. She has been working with student veterans in higher education since 2010, when colleges and universities saw a large influx of Post 9/11 veterans. Prior to joining The Texas A&M University System, Monteigne served as the Veterans Coordinator at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA, and opened the first Veterans Resource Center at California State University, Northridge.

Monteigne was elected as Co-Chair-Elect of the NASPA Veterans Knowledge Community where she will lead the professional development and knowledge building of other student veteran-serving higher education professionals. Additionally, she serves as the Co-Chair of the Education Committee for Combined Arms, a nonprofit organization that connects transitioning veterans and their families with services, community and purpose to accelerate their impact across the nation. She is a member of The Veteran Spouse Network Advisory Board.

Monteigne received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Texas A&M University.

Her professional affiliations include memberships in Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), the National Association of Veteran Program Administrators (NAVPA), the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), and the Texas Association of Collegiate Veteran Program Officials (TACVPO).

James Kumm

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James Kumm is the Executive Director for Military and Veteran Services at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He has been in his current position as an advocate and supporter of military-connected students since May 2017. Before joining UTA, James developed a passion for working with underserved populations of students as an Admissions Counselor at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Assistant Director of Student Recruitment and Director of Career Placement at The University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Director of Admissions for Dodge City Community College. As a veteran who served in the U.S. Army/Colorado Army National Guard for fourteen years, with a combat tour in the Al Ambar Province, Ramadi, Iraq, in 2005, James has committed his career to ensure veterans are provided the resources necessary for successful degree completion.

James was named one of the nineteen inaugural veteran champions of the year in higher education by GI-Jobs Magazine 2021 for outstanding support and service to student veterans. Under his leadership, UTA has been designated as the #1 Best for Vets University in the Nation by the Military Times for the last two consecutive years, 2020 and 2021, serving an average of 7000 military-connected students annually. He was recognized by Senator Ted Cruz for outstanding service provided to veterans in 2019 and currently serves on the board for the Veteran Service Organization VetStarts, an organization that focuses on helping transitioning veterans return, learn, and earn. Additionally, James is a Co-Chair of the Education Committee for Combined Arms, a nonprofit organization that connects transitioning veterans and their families with services, community, and purpose to accelerate their impact across the nation, and is the Chair of the UTA Veterans Advisory Council, a group of UTA faculty and staff committed to ensuring student veteran success.

James received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Colorado State University-Pueblo, and a master’s in Counseling from Grand Canyon University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands, where he is now ABD, with dissertation completion scheduled for fall 2022.