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Camouflaged on campus: Veterans among us. Margaret Baechtold Veterans Support Services. Camouflaged on campus. Veterans – who are they and what do we know about them? How do we support them through Veterans Support Services? What can each of us do?. Who is a veteran?. Camouflaged on Campus.

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camouflaged on campus veterans among us
Camouflaged on campus:Veterans among us

Margaret Baechtold

Veterans Support Services

camouflaged on campus
Camouflaged on campus
  • Veterans – who are they and what do we know about them?
  • How do we support them through Veterans Support Services?
  • What can each of us do?
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Camouflaged on Campus

http://www.idsnews.com/news/inside/spub/veterans/default.aspx

  • Many thanks to Biz Carson and Tom Miller at the IDS for their work on this multimedia project
who are they
Who are they?
  • All ages, races, academic levels, majors, ranks
  • Approximately 430 utilizing VA education benefits each term
    • 27% female
    • 13% minority
    • 37% transfer students
    • 30% non-continuous enrollment
    • Terms to graduation 5.58 (VR&E) to 10.17 (activated reservists)
    • 52% graduate within 6 years (campus rate 71%)
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Who are they?
  • Self-identification as veterans varies
  • Reasons for serving and for leaving service vary
  • Experiences vary, combat exposure varies, reactions vary
  • Educational preparation, experience, and goals vary
  • What are our perceptions and expecations?
veterans support services
Veterans Support Services
  • Two FT staff, one instructor/grad assistant, four work-study students, one student hourly, one tutor
  • IMU M084 – office and student lounge
  • Benefits
  • Orientation, U206 class, tutoring, resume workshop, research assistance
  • Referral to campus and community resources
  • Military withdrawal processing
  • Intersection of military and campus cultureand language
  • Student Lounge
  • Place to be at home as a veteran/military member while learning to be at home as a student/civilian
what can we do
What can we do?
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4Esni1RbwU
  • Be thoughtful of what you say and ask
  • Media often portrays the extremes, reality is usually in the middle
  • Listen: Essay by David Pyle
  • Recognize that each has a unique relationship to their military experience
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What can we do?
  • Continue to care about them as students
  • Be flexible when appropriate
  • Recognize our own perceptions and stereotypes
  • Acknowledge their service sincerely
  • Golden Book Project: IMU Memorial Room
discussion
Discussion
  • Where do you find veterans on campus?
  • What needs do you see?
  • What more would you like to know about them?
  • What more could IU be doing?
  • How can VSS assist you in your interactions with veterans on campus?
resources
Resources
  • National Center for PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
  • Veterans in Higher Education: When Johnny and Jane Come Marching to Campus by David DiRamio and Kathryn Jarvis, ASHE Higher Education Report” Volume 37, Number 3
  • Creating a Veteran-Friendly Campus: Strategies for Transition and Success, Robert Ackerman and David DiRamio (eds.), New Directions for Student Services, no. 126
  • http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ProgramsServices/MilitaryPrograms/serving/index.htm
  • http://vetfriendlytoolkit.org/
questions
Questions????

Veterans Support Services

IMU M084

www.veterans.indiana.edu

vetserv@indiana.edu

812-856-1985

Margaret Baechtold, Director

Sarah Gibson, Veterans Services Specialist

John Summerlot, Instructor and campus historian