September 10, 2013 12:33 pm
On 9/11 at 12:00pm EST, host Mike Hamilton will be sitting down with Janine Wert and David Vacchi to discuss Veteran Service programs on college campuses.
About our guests:
David Vacchi is a retired Army officer with over 20 years of active duty service. Currently completing his work on a doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership at UMass-Amherst, David’s research focus is on student veterans. He is the lead author of a forthcoming chapter in the Higher Education handbook of Theory and Research on Student Veterans, and is a leader in the NASPA Veterans Knowledge Community. Not only is David a student veteran, using Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits like most student veterans, but he is combat veteran of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, and he is also a veteran on disability who uses the VA healthcare system regularly.
Janine Wert, LICSW, serves as the Director of Veterans Services at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She designed and implemented the Veterans Services program there, increasing military Service member and student Veteran enrollment over the past two years from 500 to over 1400 attendees with the support of faculty and staff. Prior to her appointment at UMass Lowell, Ms. Wert served as a Family Therapist and Readjustment Counselor at the Lowell Vet Center and as a Program Manager and Case Manager at the Manchester VA Medical Center, Manchester, NH. She founded and implemented the first Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Program at the Dayton VA Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio. Military service has been an inherent part of Janine’s life as a career military daughter, career military spouse, and Mother. Family members served during the Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom engagements. She has both a personal and clinical understanding of the challenges and opportunities present in military service and the transition to civilian life.
Join us on higheredlive.com/live and on the #salive hashtag on twitter for the live event. A copy of the video will be posted here on Wednesday afternoon. Please let us know any questions you have for David and Janine in the comments.
Resources shared by David & Janine during the show are listed below, and linked to when possible.
- Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website, School Officials Page includes certification & training and links to various resources & links, such as finding your regional educational liaison. The VA assists students with medical, psychological & relationship concerns. The VA YouTube channel has a variety of videos which keep you informed & up to date.
- Find your local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) or American Legion halls for student veterans seeking social connections outside of the institution, especially if you do not have a student veterans office/center
- The Center for Deployment Psychology train military service providers and will train your counseling staff & faculty/staff for student veteran needs for free, but would need to bring them to campus
- Operation Promise for Servicemembers offers a Certificate for Veterans Service Providers
- The American Council for Education has a page for Military Students & Veterans and for Supporting Student Veterans that includes a toolkit for a veteran friendly campus
- The Wounded Warrior Project has local offices & representatives
- The Semper Fi Fund, America’s Fund, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America all offer a variety of assistance programs and advocate for veterans
- NASPA’s Veterans Knowledge Community has a student veterans blog, scholarly articles and more (new website in the next month)
- The Student Veterans Organization has great resources on advocacy and support, for students by students
- Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges helps student veterans to complete degrees in the midst of changing deployment locations and has precedents on military experience for college credit
- Consider attending the Military Friendly Symposium for student veterans services in Texas (October 8-9, 2013, Texas A&M University) & Military Veteran Symposium for Higher Education (annual & national, February 23-25, 2013, in Louisville, KY)
- Texas A&M University provides the materials from the last 2 Military Friendly Symposiums on their website
- Get connected with local alumni, Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTCs) & military retirees for support
- Know your general resources on campus such as tutoring, academic advising, university health & counseling services, etc. so that you can refer student veterans for the full spectrum of their needs as students