UH looks to improve program for veterans in school

Published On: Sep 24 2013 07:55:55 PM HST

Student veterans in Hawaii are getting a new service to help them stay in school.

HONOLULU -

Student veterans in Hawaii are getting a new service to help them stay in school.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki met with leaders of the University of Hawaii Manoa Tuesday afternoon to discuss the new VetSuccess program, and how to better implement it on campus.

The program is designed to help student vets transition from a structured military environment to school and through graduation.

"How do they get here into campus, get quickly settled, get their books, get their meal cards, get registered in class so that there's a smooth process for them," said Eric Shinseki, secretary of veteran affairs.

It is estimated that UH Manoa has more than 2,400 student veterans statewide.

A veteran affairs counselor was added at UH Manoa's VetSuccess office six weeks ago. In the coming weeks, a system wide task force will also be created to help improve the VetSuccess service in Hawaii.

The VetSuccess program has grown upon 91 campuses nationwide since its start 4 years ago.

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