CMU helps faculty and staff help veterans


The 2013 fall semester has begun at Central Michigan University.

Members of the the CMU community are receiving extra guidance on how to present a welcoming atmosphere to veterans through the Veterans on Campus initiative.

Steve Rellinger is Director of the Veterans Resource Center at CMU.

He said the program has four goals: to illustrate the unique value veterans bring to campus, define the obstacles they may face pursing a degree, to provide effective techniques for communicating with veterans and to create best practices for connecting student veterans with support services.

“It’s just important that we understand what that experience is like and then what we can do as a society to help welcome them back. With open arms and understanding of those experiences, the unique nature of those experiences,” Rellinger said.

Rellinger said there are about 300 student veterans on the Mount Pleasant campus currently who use the veterans services and over 700 student veterans through the global campus.