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Veterans program bridges gap to success

02-25-2011


Student veterans clockwise from left: Ryan Roebuck, Brian Saunders, Lindsey Wathen, Austin Sihoe, Lindsay Wathen (student advisor) and Umaru Haruna.

Sacramento State’s Student Veterans Success Program assists more than 1,200 veterans and their family members attending the University. The program is part of a campus-wide commitment that helps veterans overcome the unique challenges they face when returning to college after their service to our nation.

Sacramento State’s student-veteran enrollment is the second largest in the 23-campus California State University system. The Veterans Success Center also offers scholarship opportunities, personalized admissions assistance, and a dedicated benefits advisor.

Often, these services allow veterans to attend college. Overseas deployments can make the application process difficult, and once the veterans register for classes, there is a time gap until they receive their GI Bill checks.

Sacramento State provides services and scholarships to address these needs.

Senator Lois Wolk recently visited the campus and the Student Veterans Success Program offices. “I’m impressed with the scope of services offered to our veterans and their families,” said Wolk. “These resources make a big difference for veterans as they prepare to enter or re-enter academic life.”

She also noted the program’s focus on the needs of female veterans, such as raising campus awareness through workshops, conferences and training that focus on female veteran issues. Fully 28 percent of Sacramento State veterans are female, well above the national average.

Student Veterans Organization (SVO) President Dustin McMillan, who served in the Air Force for 20 years and began college four years ago, oversees the program that helps veterans make the transition from the military to Sacramento State.

McMillan commends Sac State’s faculty and administration for being so supportive. The University has deferred fees for veterans, allowing them to register for and attend classes until their government checks arrive. It also offers priority registration for veterans.

McMillan’s plans to build on the program’s success by hosting a career day for area veterans on February 22 and bringing student veteran groups throughout northern California campuses to Sac State this spring.

He praises the campus veterans’ center that helps returning servicemen and servicewomen navigate the rules and rigors of college.

Wells Fargo has consistently supported the program, recently donating $100,000 in support of student veterans.

For more information on the Student Veterans Success Program, visit www.csus.edu/vets/.