MENTORING STUDENT-VETERANS

By Bob Katzen

A bill being considered by the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee would allow UMass, Bridgewater and Salem State Universities to establish a veteran mentoring program aimed at helping veteran students with adjusting to civilian and campus life. The program would provide enrolled veterans with independent support, advice and guidance by a mentor in order to help their academic goals; improve their personal relationships on campus; increase their retention and provide access to student-service support.

Transitioning from military service to the classroom can be a difficult and confusing process for any veteran,” said Rep. Harold Naughton (D-Worcester), the sponsor of the measure. “This bill aims to ensure that veteran students are provided with the resources necessary for their academic and social success on campus. The pilot program would also allow for civilian students and staff to learn from the experience and service of their veteran peers.”

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