Friday, May 6, 2016

Ryan O’Neal and Daniel Stoller

Ryan O’Neal and Daniel Stoller have a few things in common. Both are studying computer science at UNH Manchester, both are transfer students from Manchester Community College and, most notably, both are veterans of combat.

And now, there’s another accomplishment to add to the list: O’Neal and Stoller have been awarded education stipends from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA).

As part of its enduring “Vets Helping Vets” initiative, the New Hampshire chapter of CVMA awards stipends to service members who are driven to further their education. Members of the organization visited UNH Manchester to present the awards to O’Neal and Stoller on April 13.

O’Neal, a senior in the computer information systems program, served as a healthcare specialist in the U.S. Army from 2002 to 2011. During his years of service, O’Neal had two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He transferred to UNH Manchester to pursue his passion for computing technologies—and, with graduation on the horizon, has already landed a job as a junior database developer.

Stoller had two tours in Iraq while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2006 to 2013. He spent his first three years as a vehicle crew chief/team leader and his latter four as a professional instructor for amphibious assault vehicles. Stoller received his associate degree in computer science before transitioning to the computer information systems program at UNH Manchester, where he is now in his junior year.