Responding to Students who are Military Veterans

Each semester, students enroll or are readmitted to UConn after serving in the armed forces. Some of these students have completed their military obligations, and others are still involved with the military in some way; whether they continue on active duty or are involved with the Reserves or National Guard. Some students are very forthcoming about their veteran status and experiences, and some choose not to reveal their veteran status to faculty, staff, or other students because they believe they may be treated differently or stigmatized by political issues associated with their military service.

  • Students with veteran status often have complex issues related to their academic and financial relationships with the University due to federal policies.
  • The University works with veteran students to make their transition as seamless as possible, but federal policies often make this quite difficult.
  • Students who are still involved with the military may be redeployed at any time (in as little as 72 hours), and so may have difficulty fulfilling their course requirements. The University’s policy is to do everything reasonably possible to allow students to complete courses.
  • Like any student, veteran students may encounter obstacles to their academic success. These may include:
    • The distraction of potential deployment.
    • Money and family demands.
    • Emotional and psychological traumas that result from combat experiences.
    • Physical injury, some visible and some invisible, such as traumatic brain injury.
    • Interactions with students, faculty and staff who are perceived as being insensitive to the experiences student veterans have had.
  • Veteran students may be in need of emotional or other health-related support, but some may not be comfortable seeking this support on campus.
  • It is also not unusual for student veterans to be reluctant to seek any help due to the need to be strongly self-reliant.