Nelnet appreciates the talent and skills of associates who have served in the military, and is proud to feature volunteer stories from associate veterans.

Todd Heyne Places Cemetery Wreaths, Mentors Students

Todd Heyne, ALLO director of plant operations, placed wreaths on veterans’ graves at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln on December 16, 2017. Todd’s son, James, and youngest daughter, Vivian, joined him in the effort, which was coordinated in conjunction with Wreaths Across America. After placing the wreath, volunteers say the veteran’s name and wish him or her a Merry Christmas.

“We tried to always make it to Arlington National Cemetery when we lived in Virginia and didn’t want to miss doing it here in Nebraska,” Todd said. “I take my children to assist with the stated mission of ‘Remember, Honor, and Teach.'”

Todd also briefed Pius X High School students on the Naval Academy admissions process on April 16, 2018. As a Blue and Gold Officer (BGO) admissions volunteer for the U.S. Naval Academy, Todd conducts interviews with individuals who complete their application. In his 18 years as a volunteer, he has conducted over 150 interviews and mentored over 40 future officers.


Ali Dennick Participates in Spring Game Flag Detail

Ali Dennick, a specialist in Operational Accounting, participated in a flag detail at the Husker Spring Game on April 21, 2018. The detail was organized by the University of Nebraska Student Veterans Organization, who paired with the Nebraska Patriot Guard Riders. All individuals who participated had a military affiliation. During the national anthem, the group formed a flag in the shape of the contiguous United States.


Mike Walters and Mark Kistler Support Operation Stand Down Tennessee

Mike Walters, IT managing director, and Mark Kistler, IT manager, participated in an attendee volunteer event at a recent conference. The volunteer effort was in support of Operation Stand Down Tennessee (OSDTN), focused on helping veterans and their families by engaging, equipping, and empowering them through a variety of services.

Mike and Mark, both veterans, assisted with refurbishment of a storefront in Nashville, which OSDTN will rent to generate funds to support the organization. The organization provides employment assistance, VA benefit consultation, networking, housing, and more.