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To build and maintain a community of University of Maryland students, staff, faculty, and alumni, all who have served in the US military, that supports a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life and provides support for continued growth in mind, body, and spirit, carrying the pride and confidence established in the military into the college experience as well as future careers for veteran alumni.
The new Veterans Center is located in 1122 Cole Field House. Thanks to a generous donation from Board of Trustee member Gordon England, the space is exclusively available for student veterans. Come spend time with each other while on campus, get a cup of coffee, watch TV, use our computers, or study.To gain access to the Veterans Center, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Maryland Veterans Alumni Wall of Honor is created in recognition of the tremendous sacrifice Terp alumni have made through their military service. The award honors the courageous leadership our Veterans have exhibited in the nation, state of Maryland, and as they have served the University of Maryland and higher education. This award honors and celebrates our Veterans who have given of their time and talent to make the campus and our country stronger.
On April 17, 2013, the "Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013" was signed into Maryland Law in effort to achieve full employment for Maryland veterans by 2015.
The Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 removes certain barriers to employment that service members often face when making the transition from military service to the civilian work force. The bill also expedites the occupational and professional licensing process for military spouses when a military family moves to Maryland.
First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor O'Mally and Lt. Governor Brown among others got to hear from our very own Andrew Hite. Andrew Hite, a UMD TerpVet was asked to introduce Ms. Obama who spoke at the signing. Andrew also shared his own story as a 23-year Navy career Veteran who then survived an explosion that left him with a traumatic brain injury. He shared that that none of his military career training and experiences were deemed credit worthy in the college transfer process. Overcoming these profound challenges, we are proud to say that Andy Hite will be graduating in May. Thankfully, this new legislation will help make this transition easier for those in this situation going forth.
Andy was joined by his family and Dr. Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, Director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union - a steadfast advocate and leader for UMD's student Veteran population.
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The UMD would like to thank all the veterans and student-veterans.
Alumni and friends of UMD reception attendees,
Thank you for attending our 6th Annual Veterans Reception at the University of Maryland. The reception provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our progress but more importantly, to show our gratitude to the men and women in our UMD family who have sacrificed so much.
We are especially grateful for the ongoing support of our alumni and friends that has helped to launch our Veterans Initiative. This year alone, we provided $70,000 in scholarships to 21 deserving members of the UMD veteran student community.
Thank you so much for all you have done for the veteran community at the University of Maryland. I am glad that you were able to join us and hope you enjoyed the reception. I invite you to peruse the photo gallery from the event and feel free to print your favorites.
Getting access to the Veteran Student Life Lounge
In order to get access, the student will need to provide two pieces of information:
1) Proof of service (i.e., DD214, Armed Forces Service ID card)
2) University identification number (UID)
This information can be sent to our email account email@example.com or you can call (301) 405-9605 to set up an appointment to show such identification.
UMD Veteran Footprints Around the World
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This story details the mission and stories hared from UMD student-veterans to an organization called StoryCorps, published by the Diamondback. Also, please see link to StoryCorps' website and their "Military Voice Initiative".
University of MD student-veterans are helping other veterans transition into student life with a new program called PAVE: Peer advisors for Veteran Education, published in the Diamondback.
Please read of recent story of Brian Bertges, VSL Coordinator published in The Diamondback on Oct 2, 2013.
Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Also, be sure to look at our upcoming events on our Google calendar and past events in our Veteran Student Life e-newsletter archive.
Faculty and Staff Education Guide to Student Veterans
2012 Veterans Day Celebration
Women Veteran Health
UMD Veterans discuss their experiences as soldiers and students on the PBS NEWSHOUR.At the ten year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, five University of Maryland student veterans describe their experiences in the military during the decade of war after 9/11, and their return to civilian life as students at The University of Maryland. Like many returning veterans, they find a divide between themselves and the greater population, for whom the wars often feel remote.
Watch After Draftless Decade of War, Gap Seen Between Miltiary, Civilians on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
The Pew Research Center Report about War and Sacrifice in the Post 9/11 Era discussed in the PBS segment.
University Support & Benefits Briefing
Proud Sponsors of Veteran Student Life and student Veterans
University of Maryland is a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success; a U.S. Department of Education program funded through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). However, these contents do not represent an official endorsement by the Federal Government.