The Aug. 9 front-page article "More Vets Expected in Classrooms Under GI Bill" highlighted a few of the challenges that veterans experience when they return to civilian roles such as a university student. We were encouraged to learn of several efforts and programs at local universities that are aimed at supporting veterans through the difficult transition and facilitating their academic success.
Chatham University, also a local Pittsburgh university, has worked closely with student veterans and veteran groups in the community to offer an array of supportive programming for veterans on our campus. Some examples include panel discussions about the mental health effects of combat, Operation Troop Appreciation, a dedicated Zen garden and the launching of a veteran-specific website (www.chatham.edu/veterans/). These efforts led to Chatham University being designated as a military-friendly institution of higher education.
We encourage veterans to consider Chatham University when deciding on a place to learn and grow. We have the welcome mat out!
The letter also was signed by Hallie Arena, veteran student coordinator; Ryan Stocker, former Marine sergeant and Chatham student; Zauyah Waite, vice president for student affairs; and Mary Beth Mannarino, program director of graduate psychology programs.