How does a campus or institution qualify as a Veterans Supportive Campus? Below is a listing of the criteria to be considered:
-Conduct a campus survey of student veterans to identify the needs, issues, and suggestions of veterans.
-Establish a campus steering committee consisting of student veterans, faculty, and staff to share information and to develop programs to establish or strengthen a Veteran Supportive Campus based on best practices, which also integrates campus culture and identifies the real needs of the student veteran.
-Conduct sensitivity and awareness training on military and veterans’ culture, including related issues such as traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, physical and mental disabilities, suicide, and hyper-vigilance for faculty and staff.
-Establish student veteran orientation programs, including student veteran guides for the first day on campus, an optional student veteran orientation session, and at least one optional-only course
taught by a veteran or by a trained volunteer on veteran issues.
-Have peer mentoring and peer support programs for student veterans.
-Develop and implement outreach strategies to local military bases.
-Have one-stop resource and study centers on campus for student veterans, their families, and student family members of the Armed Forces who are currently deployed.
-Promote community-based collaborations to allow the private sector to support veteran’s resource centers through financial and in-kind gifts.