The Veterans Knowledge Community is the national leader in supporting the generation and dissemination of knowledge in support of the college success of student veterans. Practitioners and scholars alike will find an engaging home among this caring group of professionals and scholars. Please consider joining in our leadership team within your region or at the national level through Volunteer Central.
Message from the Chairs
The Veterans Knowledge Community (VKC) is an important resource for higher education professionals serving student veterans and military-connected students. The VKC places students at the center of our work by providing resources and programming that address the holistic needs of the students. We are guided by integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry, and view the VKC as an opportunity to engage a diverse array of individuals who serve the military-connected population in higher education.
The VKC is a place to engage student affairs professionals who work with the military-connected population through sharing resources and research. As an organization that connects higher education professionals, the VKC offers programming and professional development experiences for its membership through opportunties such as the annual Symposium on Military-Connected Students. If you are a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the VKC can assist you in connecting and learning from colleagues.
There are numerous ways to engage with the VKC: stay up-to-date by receiving our communications, attend our annual Symposium on Military-Connected Students, connect with us on social media, or join our LinkedIn group and take an active role in the conversations and resource-sharing. Want to be even more involved? Reach out to us about joining the VKC Advisory Board and view our open positions on NASPA’s Volunteer Central website. Welcome to our community!
Standards & Competencies
- Get the new CAS Standards
- New CAS Standards for College Veterans Services Programs
- ACPA/ NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators
- ACPA/NASPa Professional Competency video
American Council on Education (ACE)
- From soldier to student: easing the transition of service members on campus.
- Military Programs links and resources
- Serving those who served: higher education and america’s veterans.
- Tips for Accommodating Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on Campus
Resources for Educators
- 10 Tips For Meeting the Needs of Student Veterans
- Akerman, R., & DiRamio, D. (Ed.). (2009). Creating a veteran-friendly campus: strategies for transition and success. New Directions for Student Services, 126, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Downloadable Brochures: You'll find on this page a number of downloadable brochures that may be of benefit to your student veterans. You'll also notice to the right of the page a publication known as the Repetition and Avoidance Quarterly and it can also be a useful resource for those of you who want more in the way of knowledge, data, and treatment of veterans who have invisible wounds.
- Enhancing Veteran Success in Higher Education
- GI Bill 101 - Brief for Bursar and Veteran Services Officers (PDF)0
- Greatness by Association (PDF)
- Half of Us - Voices of Veterans: Transition to College
- Herrmann, D., Hopkins, C., Wilson, R., Allen, B., (2009). Educating veterans in the 21st century. Lexington, KY: Booksurge.
- HigherEdJobs Articles (compilation)
- Massachusetts Student Veteran Advisory Board Annual Report 2013 (PDF)
- National Survey of Student Engagement Annual Results 2010 – Veterans Data (pp. 17-18)
- Once a Warrior - Always a Warrior
- Perceptions of Veterans: A New Generation of Leaders 2012 (PDF)
- Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions
- Veteran Guidelines and Best Practices in the Classroom [PDF]
- Veterans Education and Transition Services V.E.T.S.: Veterans in Higher Education National Clearinghouse
- Veterans entering four-year colleges and universities Scroll down to bottom section on Veterans
- Veterans Only (2012, January 4). Inside Higher Ed
- Veterans Training Support Center
- VKC Scholarly References (Updated: 01/19/2012)
- War and Sacrifice in the Post-9/11 Era: Focused on the attitudes of veterans and the general public toward military service. The study found that about 84 percent of post-9/11 veterans feel the public does not understand problems faced by service members and their families; 71 percent of the public agree.
- Welcoming and Retaining Student Veterans (PDF)
- What the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Bill Means for Our Veterans
- Why a Dedicated Veterans Center? (PDF)
Campus Programs and Support
- The Green Zone: A program to Support Military Students on Campus (PDF)
- Student Veterans of America | SVA's Facebook group
- Veterans Upward Bound Project
- Working with vets: Former NCO now takes care of troops on campus
PTSD and TBI Resources
- Accommodating Student Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress ACE Provides Tips for Accommodating Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD on Campus
- Disorder: Tips for Campus Faculty and Staff [Report]: Result of discussions during the Veterans Success Jam, held in May 2010
- DOD Issues Purple Heart Standards for Brain Injury
- Education is Key in Fight Against PTSD
- Military Still Failing To Diagnose, Treat Brain Injuries : NPR
- National Center on PTSD - The PILOTS Database (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress)
- Treatment for PTSD in Military and Veteran Populations 2012 (PDF)
- VA Launched New Mobile App: PTSD Coach
- VA Announces PSA About Women Veterans | PSA Youtube [video]
- VA Creates Women Veterans Call Center
- Veterans Affairs Scrambles To Serve Female Veterans : NPR
Student Veterans and Suicide
- What you need to know is that veterans are not committing suicide at rates significantly different than the rest of the college going population. The stark reality of veterans in the general population committing suicide is tragic, but unverified. Still, the population that comprises the "roughly 21 veterans who commit suicide every day" are middle-aged Korean War and Vietnam War veterans. Essentially not our student veterans (Vacchi, 2015)
Support for Student Veterans
- Higher Education Resources for Veterans and Their Families
- UCF Veterans Academic Resource Center - Retaining and Graduating Student
- US Department of Veteran Affairs - Vet Centers locations
Government Benefits and Programs
- Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue (PDF): An annotated bibliography of resources for those seeking information related to the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and other LGBT issues related to military service.
- Federal Benefits for Veterans & Dependents
- Federal VA Simplifies Access to Health Care and Benefits for Veterans with PTSD
- Grant for Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success: A Department of Education grant announcement under the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The initiative is called Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success.
- Military.com's Explanation of Post 9-11 GI Bill
- National Guard & Reserve
- National Resource Directory: Connecting Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, Their Families and Caregivers with Those Who Support Them
- Our Performance
- Post-911 GI Bill: S. 3447: Those who certify Veterans educational benefits: Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), the Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, has proposed to make changes to the Post-911 GI Bill. Some of these changes could impact our programs and Student Veterans. The bill, S. 3447, is found on the Library of Congress website
- Prudential Veterans' Employment Challenges study 2012 (PDF)
- Quick Veterans Benefit Summaries
- Regional Offices
- Regulations & References
- Senate Bill Revises Post 9-11 GI Bill Benefits Program: The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP), providing $500 for each month/partial month served in stop loss status. Service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 are eligible for RSLSP. For more information and to apply for this benefit, please go to: http://www.defense.gov/stoploss
- Today's GI Bill (org)
- VA Claims Transformation
- VA GI Bill Website
- VA Launching Nationwide Homeless Outreach and Media Plan
- Virtual Vietnam War Wall: You can explore the names from each state and city and you'll find quite a bit of information for each veteran.
- VOW to Hire Heroes Act
- Asbestosis Brochure (PDF)
- Mesothelioma Brochure (PDF)
VKC Winter Newsletter 2016
VKC June Newsletter 2016
VKC Winter Newsletter 2017
VKC Fall Newsletter 2017
Super Et Ultra Award Nomination Form 2017
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The NASPA Veterans Knowledge Community shares best practices and knowlege about supporting the success of student veterans in higher education.
The NASPA VKC is the nation's leading knowledge sharing and generating professional organization and serves as a central gathering place for the intersection of policy, programs, research, scholarship, andbest practices for the success of student veterans in all higher education contexts.
The Veterans Knowledge Community will advance veterans best practices through the education and involvement of VKC members and NASPA members in general.
NASPA's VKC is committed to supporting and sharing quality resaerch and best practices that support the success of student veterans in higher education. Veterans seek to ease their transition from military to civilian society by earning a college degree. To that end, veteran success in college is measured by successful entry into the workplace and not simply effective entry to a college campus.
VKC Recurring Initiatives
The NASPA VKC will share knowledge in various ways.
1. Through a dynamic blog discussion on current events or issues relevant to our members as they endeavor to serve veterans on our campuses.
2. Through a series of white papers that delve into various issues that require a more expert perpsective that might be found in the news media.
3. Semi-annual newsletter starting in the summer 2016 that will summarize recent postings on the NASPA webite and highlight NASPA VKC initiatives around the country.
4. A Veteran Webinar Series that will feature each of NASPA's regions once each year and engage participants in current and meaningful dialogue about issues realted to student veteran success.
5. The NASPA Veteran Symposium. In 2015 NASPA conducted the first national-level student veteran symposium, which was an extension of the highly successful Louisville Veteran Symposium. This annual event occurs in February.
6. The NASPA National Conference. This is perhaps the most improtant event to get knowledge out to NASPA members that attend only one event each year.
A summary of our history can be found here.
One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.
Knowledge Community leaders are NASPA volunteers who have generously devoted their time to their Knowledge Community. Chairs are elected by the Knowledge Community members while Regional representatives are selected from within the Region. Additional roles are selected by the Knowledge Community.
For open positions, please refer to our Get Involved page.
The Veterans KC regularly publishes a newsletter examining the leading issues facing veterans in student affairs, an update on what we're doing, and other news that would be relevant to our members.
To view an archive of past newsletters, please click here.
Also, the Veterans KC is currently accepting content that highlights the following:
- Resource corner/column (links, conferences, veteran-affiliated services, etc)
- Highlighted Hot Topics in the world of Veteran (research)
- Health & wellness topics (awareness, prevention and treatment topics including alternative treatments)
- Contribution Corner (new publications or articles)
- Newsworthy happenings at various institutions that benefit student veterans
- Programs & Best Practices (brief description submitted by our VKC members of what's worked on their campus)
- Veteran Culture – “Did you know?” – to acquaint non-veterans with military culture
- Efforts of other partner organizations
Please click here to email content and/or submit ideas for publication. Thank you!
Get Involved with the Veterans KC
VKC Supra Et Ultra Award Nomination – 2017 nominations are due November 15th
Each year the VKC will except nominations for the VKC Supra Et Ultra Award. The award is conferred each February during the NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students. For questions about the award or the award process, you can email Supra Et Ultra Liaison, [email protected]. The 2017 form can be found here for your reference.
If you have any additional question about getting involved with the VKC, email our Chair, Lauren Runco!