Devin Yates

Senior, College of Health and Human Services

Senior nursing major Devin Yates first joined the U.S. Army in 2004. While serving in Afghanistan in 2012, he sustained multiple gunshot wounds and a severe traumatic brain injury.

“Being a patient was the hardest thing I've ever been through,” Yates recalled. “The dedication of the nurses and health care providers on my team made me realize I could use my experience as a patient to help future patients.”

For Yates, UNC Charlotte provided the perfect opportunity to fuel his new passion while providing support as a veteran.

“I ended up at UNC Charlotte because it has a fantastic nursing program as well as a willingness to work with veterans,” said Yates. “My overall experience has been outstanding. I would encourage anyone to come here, not just because I'm a student, but because of my experiences, especially non-traditional students and those with a military background.”