New programs look to fill void in veterans population

Veterans

By Matthew Reagan

At the end of the 2017–2018 academic year, all three of Occidental’s student veterans will graduate. Administrators are hoping that the newly announced Obama Scholars Program — created to recruit veterans, among other underrepresented groups — will help to fill this void as the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative has in the past, according to James Herr, veteran’s coordinator and interim registrar.

According to Herr, student veterans are vital to the cultivation of a gifted and diverse group of students — especially for a generation which has largely grown up in a time of war.

“Your generation is growing up where the vast majority of your lifetime is spent under war,” Herr said. “To be true to our mission, I believe that having veterans and having folks who have experienced [military service] helps to bring together part of the American experience and the global experience.”

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