Sgt. Jay Jeudy, freshman, experienced a heroic and somewhat astonishing path in finding his way to Boca Raton.
Jeudy, originally from Hollywood, Fla., lived with his father, step-mother and three younger siblings. At age 19 in October 2007, he enlisted in the U.S. Army with the goal of serving his country and assisting his family financially.
During his service in the Army, he was a part of 13 Bravo, a key contributor to the field artillery cannon crew. His first duty station was at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, then Vilseck, Germany and lastly Ft. Carson in Colorado. Jeudy was deployed overseas three times – in Iraq from 2008-09, in Afghanistan from 2011-12 and 2014-15.
“My favorite part of serving was being able to travel the world, making friends that are lifelong brothers now,” said Jeudy.
During his service in the Army, Jeudy received numerous awards and commendations, as well as a combat badge for engaging in multiple firefights with Al Qaeda enemy insurgents.
Jeudy has a combined deployment of 36 months in combat zones. In March 2018, he was honorably discharged as a wounded soldier from the Army. After returning home to Florida, Jeudy wanted to further his education in the criminal justice field.
“I decided to use the 9/11 G.I. Bill to earn my bachelor’s degree,” said Jeudy. “I also sought to help my family financially by paying for my siblings’ college tuition.”
Jeudy was led to Lynn through his friends and from online research.
“At Lynn, I was able to find other veterans like myself very quickly, allowing me the chance to create a Veterans Club on campus,” said Jeudy.
After ending his time with the Army, Jeudy now serves as a military police reserve soldier assigned to the Ft. Lauderdale area. While his short-term goal lies in obtaining his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, his long-term pursuit is a career in law enforcement, perhaps as a member of the FBI or CIA.