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Once homeless, NCO gets rare shot to attend law school under Army program
Perla Gonzalez, shown here during her college graduation from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 2006, is one of the first three NCOs to be accepted into the Army's Funded Legal Education Program, or FLEP. The program selects active-duty Soldiers to attend law school full time and tuition free but must fulfill a service commitment to serve as an Army lawyer. The program was recently opened to noncommissioned officers in the ranks of sergeant through sergeant first class to apply. Each night Perla Gonzalez lay in hushed silence as she slept on a public restroom floor. She huddled against her backpack that contained only a single change of clothes and her textbooks.

Photo by: Joseph Lacdan |  VIRIN: 210301-A-NH858-002.JPG