In the past few years, more veterans of the armed forces are trading in their uniforms for school books, as they transition from military to student life. To accommodate this growing population, Marywood University has established an Office of Military and Veteran Services.
"We are going to make sure that these students get the services and resources they need to make a successful transition," says Laruen Williams, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services. "Enrollment of veterans has doubled in the past year, and it is going to continue to increase."
The Office of Military and Veteran Services will help student veterans navigate through paperwork, provide confidential counseling services and coordinate information sessions, all with the aim of making the transition easier from military to student life.
Listen to Lauren Williams discuss the services her office provides:
On Thursday, May 31, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Marywood University's Office of Military and Veteran Services will be represented at the NEPA Veterans Employment Boot Camp. Held at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, the NEPA Veterans Employment Boot Camp will feature sessions on reintegration to civilian employment, corporate culture, job searching and résumé and interviewing skills.
"There is a need for an office like this on every campus, and Marywood is the first school in the region that is offering these kinds of services," said Williams.
At present, there are about 50 students using veteran education benefits at Marywood, says Williams.
For more information, visit the Office of Military and Veteran Services website.
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