–submitted by Bill Haight
Rotary Guest Speakers on November 10, 2021
Joe Rasmussen, Director of University Veteran Services and UW student Brooke Villella addressed the club on the status of veteran students.
Since the average veteran is 6 years older than the typical student, they are often left out of the mainstream of campus life. The Veteran Services Office is moving from a role of being simply a facilitator of benefits, to one of reaching out to make Veterans more inclusive. Veterans are now a part of the University’s “Identity and Inclusion” initiative, which includes other minority populations. This puts the Veteran Services Office in a more visible position than in recent years. However Veterans have yet to be assigned a dedicated meeting place on campus, a goal the Rotary Veterans Fellowship is helping them attain.
This link takes you to information about veteran benefits available on campus: www.Veterans.wisc.edu. This link takes you to a research study on veterans in higher education: VETWAYS – The Veteran Education to Workforce Affinity and Success Study (wceruw.org)
If you missed our meeting last week, you can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT_cxASJ29M&t=1s