On July 24, 58 veteran-certifying officials, along with state, federal and university financial aid officials representing more than 20 institutions of higher education, corporations and other organizations from across the state, converged on campus to participate in the annual Connecticut Veterans Administration Certifying Officials conference.
The conference, organized by Kathy Wrana, assistant director of financial aid, and Leah Porter Tanger, secretary for the Office of Financial Aid and Veteran's Affairs, was designed to discuss changes to the Post 9/11 GI bill, as well as other veteran's education programs. "We really want to learn how colleges and universities can better serve veteran students, and to build collaborative support between colleges and universities within the state," said Wrana. "We would also like to strengthen relationships with federal and state Veteran Affairs agencies."
Topics included setting up Veterans Oasis centers; supporting veterans with special needs; National Guard benefits, especially, tuition waivers; best veteran practices on college campuses; and engaging a growing veteran population. Above, Larry Schmitz and Pam Starr led roundtable discussion on "Student Transition/V.E.T.S Center."