Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune celebrates fourth anniversary of REACH Program

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WNCT) – Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune celebrated its fourth anniversary of the REACH program Wednesday.

More than 147 students are enrolled in the program at Camp Lejeune.

It aims to help wounded warriors interested in the medical field transition from active duty military to a career in health care.

REACH works to place students in careers across the country after graduating from their educational program and completing their hospitalization.

Jobs can be offered in any field ranging from dentistry, clinical work, surgery, counseling and more.

“It gives them something positive to focus on beyond the Marine Corps,” said Kevin Kesterson, a career coach with the REACH program.

“We start working with them while they’re still active duty and we give them goals and hope to work on.”

Aiding in the celebration, 22 students were awarded certificates of participation.

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