Dr. Phillip A. Olt, Veterans KC Representative
September 1, 2019
In June 2019, U.S. News & World Report published an article calling for institutions of higher education to better meet the needs of military-connected students. The author, while focusing on elite higher education, brought up four issues that higher education has with serving veterans:
Here, I’d like to ask you to consider your own institution along these four axes. Here are questions to ask in addressing each of the barriers:
A recent open-access article published in the Journal of Veterans Studies highlighted the implementation of the Green Zone Initiative at my own institution (Fort Hays State University). The implementation of the program was designed to “1) to educate faculty and staff members of FHSU on at-risk behaviors of student veterans; 2) to educate faculty and staff members of FHSU on campus, local, and regional resources available to veterans; and 3) to create a supportive, empathetic network for student veterans and their connected military community in need of resources, support, or guidance” (p. 2). The authors (which do not include me) explained the steps to implementation and their evaluation of the program. If you are seeking to better serve your military-connected students, I strongly encourage you to reach out to them to discuss the program and their findings!
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