At San Diego State, student veterans have always been a priority. The work being done on campus has even been recognized nationally. Each semester new programs and improvements help make SDSU an even better home for student veterans.
Opening last fall, the new Veterans House, located the end of fraternity row, now provides a community living experience for veterans that no other college has provided before. Catering to both residents and other student veterans, the house serves as a home, meeting place, and social space that all veterans are encouraged to enjoy. The house is the first of its kind in the country and offers all the amenities of living on campus as well as a welcoming atmosphere to transition from service to scholarship. Complete with TV room, pool table, and weekday continental breakfasts from 7-9 a.m., there is always something going on at the Veterans House.
Veterans Center Lounge
The Veterans Center lounge sports a 52 inch plasma TV, DVD player, couches, and leather chairs that allow students to hang out, kick back, study, or even get in a quick nap between classes anytime the Veterans Center (located in the Education building, room 151) is open.
New Support Staff
Just recently there have also been two new staff additions to the Veterans Center as part of two external programs offering even more veteran support on campus.
Natacia E. Cordle – VetSuccess Counselor
VetSuccess is a partnered effort by SDSU and the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) to provide additional support to veterans accessing benefits to attend school and to help facilitate their educational success. Natacia was selected by the VBA to provide benefit education and resource assistance to veterans at SDSU.
Sierra Lovelace- ACE Academic Advisor
Sierra was hired through the American Counsel on Education as an academic advisor. It’s her job to advise disabled Veterans and their dependents at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, Camp Pendleton. She works with students to identify useful resources and programs, recommend strategies for academic success, and show them how to avoid potential pitfalls. Sierra works out of the Veterans Center but spends most of her time at Camp Pendleton working to support our severely injured veterans in their transition to civilian life.
You can read Natacia and Sierra’s bios here.
Keep up with the Veterans Center and all it has to offer via Twitter or check out their Web site. The Student Veteran Organization meets every other Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Veterans House. The next meeting is February 24.