Making the transition from the battlefield to the classroom is not always an easy one and that's precisely why campuses around the country are taking steps to meet the needs of these former warriors turned students. At Finger Lakes Community College over 200 student-veterans are enrolled and the college has a number of initiatives in place to serve its expanding veteran population. Sarah Whiffen is an associate VP of Student Affairs at FLCC and also oversees the school's veteran advocacy committee. She talked about the challenges that student-veterans face in making the transition to the classroom:
To better serve student-veterans and help them succeed in college, FLCC has designated twenty faculty members as "veteran advocates." Erin Militello. a social worker at the Canandaigua VA medical center, who works closely with FLCC, explains the "veteran advocacy" program and how it works for student-veterans:
FLCC is one of the few colleges in the nation to receive a specially-designed government grant that provides funding for veteran initiatives on campus.