WELCOME to our new Ombudsman, Victor Baker. Victor is a recently retired military veteran and looks forward to aiding students in their educational endeavors. Victor is a native of Gary, IN, having attended Roosevelt High School. After graduating as the Class Salutatorian, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta GA. After completing his undergraduate studies in Business Administration, he briefly attended Atlanta University. The Vietnam War was in progress and he was drafted into the U. S. Army. Victor, however, decided to join the U.S. Marines in October, 1967. He was sent to Officer Candidate School at Quantico, VA in Feb, 1968 and received his Commission as a Marine Lieutenant in May 1968. Marine Officer Basic Course was his next step prior to overseas service in Vietnam beginning in Nov 1968. He served as an Infantry Platoon Commander and Executive Officer in the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade while deployed in Vietnam. His next duty brought him back to the Quantico Marine Base where he was a member of the Base Basketball team before his term of duty ended. He entered the private sector, working for such notable companies as Whirlpool, IBM and Telecommunications, Inc. He then re-entered the military in 1987 as a production recruiter for the Indiana National Guard. He recruited over 600 persons into the Guard before his mandatory retirement in 2004. After having been retired for a few years, Victor was asked by the Assistant Director of the From Boots to Books Program, Purdue University-Calumet Campus, to assist her with his knowledge of veteran’s benefits and circumstances that would compromise those benefits. Since July of 2011, Victor has served in this capacity and thoroughly enjoys helping veteran-students, seeking to successfully obtain their degrees.