Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was enacted in 2009, student veteran populations have nearly doubled while services that support their transition to higher education have dramatically increased. Despite a surge in resources, however, institutions are deficient in training faculty and staff about veterans’ issues, consequently leaving student veterans susceptible to inaccurate perceptions about their service and wellbeing. In an effort to provide an inclusive environment for service members, this article discusses findings from two focus groups and 14 interviews with student veterans. Recommendations for training faculty and staff and enhancing the visibility of veterans’ issues through Veteran Ally training and student veteran discussion panels are discussed.
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Osborne, N.J. Veteran Ally: Practical Strategies for Closing the Military-Civilian Gap on Campus. Innov High Educ 39, 247–260 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10755-013-9274-z
- Student veterans
- Multicultural competence
- Faculty and staff development