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1 Issues Facing Student Veterans Rachel Cavenaugh Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Veterans Services Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC

2 Best Years of Our Lives 1946 A 1946 movie depicting the lives of three veterans returning home after WWII. Homecoming however was a difficult one with challenges to employment, marriage, friendships and readjustment. To make our veterans have the best years in the higher education experience, financial aid officers will have to increase their awareness of the challenges veterans face. 2

3 2014 Race Participants! There are over 1.4 million Americans serving on active duty in the military - Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Another 800,000 are in the active reserves. About 14% of all active duty military members are women. There are over 27 million veterans in the United States today. At Cape Fear Community College we have 900 student veterans receiving benefits (Fall 2013) and several hundred more not receiving benefits. 3

4 Veterans Are Coming to College The new GI Bill makes it possible for many veterans to attend college. Unlike the past GI Bill, the new post 9/11GI Bill provides an allowance for housing and for books. We are seeing many more veterans in our classes. Our society increasingly values education and the community college is responsible for delivering that education. The returning veteran wants to further his or her education and to learn skills to gain employment. 4

5 Running with Obstacles Student veterans may have had multiple deployments Student veterans may have grave physical injuries and emotional scares Student veterans might be reticent to talk about the experience Know your campuses resources for vets 5

6 Some Ideas: Veterans Center Reserved for student veterans Computers and printer Fax service VA Certifying official Assistance with registration and advising Coffee Networking opportunities Veteran to Veteran mentor and tutor Veterans volunteer to tutor and mentor each other in areas such as math, for example. Veteran Friendly Veteran Friendly sticker on Faculty and Staff doors Student veterans select those offices that are veteran friendly Veteran Coordinator provides information to interested faculty/staff Veterans Day Celebration 6

7 7 Participants in the Wounded Warrior Ride Gather in CFCCs Courtyard to be honored and thanked for their service

8 8 CFCC Student Veterans were treated to a kayak adventure

9 Welcoming returning veterans 9 Community support is invaluable when it comes to assisting veterans with the successful transition from military to student life. Below are some things to consider as you welcome veterans back to campus or to your campus for the first time. Some simple ways to create a welcoming environment include: Welcoming military personnel home Expressing your appreciation of their service Offering to help with college application paperwork Being supportive by being patient and listening Understanding that returning to normal can take time

10 10 Student Veterans at Cape Fear Community College

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18 Best Practices at CFCC Red White and Blue cords for graduates Attendance Policy for veterans Student IDs marked as veteran Representatives on campus to help with disability filings Social gatherings for veterans and families on weekends Student Veterans Club active and growing Wooden funeral urns and canes for families of veterans & veterans Helping veterans get service dogs


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