The Green Zone Advocacy Training is offered by the Angelo State University VETS (Veterans Educational and Transitional Services) Center in an effort to train ASU faculty and staff about issues important to student veterans. As our servicemembers transition from active duty service to college student life, they are met with many challenges. It is the goal of the VETS Center to assist these students with this transition to ensure that they have a positive student experience. The ASU community can assist in this transition by learning about the issues that affect our student veterans, the strengths that student veterans bring to campus and the classroom, and understanding how they can help.
The training will include information about
- our student veteran demographic,
- the basics of the federal and state education benefits,
- disabilities facing our student veterans,
- and the struggle from transitioning from the military to college.
Participants will receive a decal to display outside of their office signifying that it is a military friendly area of operation. Student veterans will be encouraged to look for this symbol and to be assured that is an area where they can feel understood and accepted. Additional trainings will follow providing more in-depth training opportunities for areas that the faculty and staff feel they need to understand better.
This project is funded in part by a 3.22 million grant from the Department of Education under the Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program.