Veterans on Campus
For Cody Noren, signing up for the military out of high school was simple. After the Sept. 11 attacks, the call to service was undeniable. Nine years and 17 countries later, he is a PSU criminology student entering his final year.
Oregon has seen some of its largest deployments since World War II because of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, thousands of those soldiers are returning home and thanks to the new GI Bill, the number of student veterans at PSU is up 30 percent this fall to over 700.
As vice president of the Student Veterans Association on campus, Noren is part of a larger network of campus services designed to help those veterans transition successfully to college.
â€œPSU, which was founded in 1946 as a school for veterans, is dedicated to being a veteran-friendly campus,â€ says Jackie Balzer, vice provost for student affairs. â€œThese individuals make very successful students.â€
PSU has two full-time staffers to help veterans access their education benefits, a designated academic advisor to work with veterans, houses an employee of Veterans Affairs who acts as the conduit to the federal agency, and will host a seminar for faculty to learn more about the military-to-college transition and how to support those students.
PSU Contacts for Veterans:
Veterans Certification Officer
104 Neuberger Hall
PSU Student Veterans Association
For more info on student veteran benefits, visit The Oregon National Guard's Veterans Site.
Did you know?
New GI Bill benefits include
- 36 months of full in-state tuition
- $1,299 housing stipend in Portland
- $1,000 book allowance
- Transferable to spouses and children of those on active duty
Veterans Day Gathering
Thursday, 10 November
10am â€” noon
Free food, music, guest speakers, and a color guard in the Park Blocks.
Friday, 12 November
noon â€” 1:30 p.m.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder presentation: free pizza, Smith Student Union, Multicultural Center (2nd floor)
17 October â€” 30 November
Photo exhibit of returning vets.
New American Art Union
922 SE Ankeny, Portland