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A Midwestern Frontier University’s Readiness to Support Student Veterans

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Megan Wild ,

University of Wyoming, US
About Megan

Megan Wild is a recent MSW graduate from the University of Wyoming, Laramie.  Her research interests include veterans and higher education policy.

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Neely Mahapatra

University of Wyoming, US
About Neely
Dr. Neely Mahapatra is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social Work at University of Wyoming, Laramie.  Her research interests include violence against minority women including immigrant South Asian women, refugees and other immigrant populations, human trafficking, international social work, usage of social network sites and mental health of college students, social and public policy, and social justice. Her overall vision is to invest time in collaboration and development of best practices with women and victimization, facilitate multidisciplinary research in the field of violence and victimization against minority women (including immigrant South Asian women) and train social work researchers in related areas.
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Abstract

America’s veterans are driven to success and that drive does not end when they leave the military. They want to continue to be productive and accomplish their goals in a new way and for many; higher education is their new battleground. In 2016, over 700 student veterans (SVs) attended a Midwest frontier University and SV enrollment continues to increase each semester. The goal of this study was to assess how prepared a Midwest Frontier University is to address student veteran (SV) needs using a cross-sectional convenience sample of faculty & staff members (N=114) who completed an anonymous quantitative survey. The findings are divided into three major sections: support, needs and barriers as identified by faculty and staff members. The support area is focused on existing specific services offered to student veterans. The needs section is further focused on what student veteran needs are at the University as perceived by staff and faculty members. The final section, barriers, explains obstacles that the university currently faces to address student veteran needs as highlighted by the participants. Results indicate that the university is supportive of SV needs, but both groups agree that training for faculty and staff on the SV population and a centralized online resource is an area of utmost need.
How to Cite: Wild, M. and Mahapatra, N., 2018. A Midwestern Frontier University’s Readiness to Support Student Veterans. Journal of Veterans Studies, 3(2), pp.32–44. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.v3i2.56
Published on 14 Aug 2018.

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