Date

5-2020

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Collaborative Health & Human Services

First Advisor

Gemma Uribe-Cruz

Abstract

The Veterans Services Center [VSC] of Hartnell College two primary functions, academic counseling and Veterans Affairs [VA] benefit certification. Any veteran or depending attending Hartnell is entitled to support, whether or not they are using VA benefits. From a broader perspective, campus veterans centers exist to support veterans who have, most of the time, recently left military service and are beginning their military-civilian transition. The Vet 2 Vet peer mentorship program addresses many transitional issues by pairing first semester student veterans with those in their sophomore year and currently working under the VA federal work study. The goal is to educate new student veterans in resources that may be available to them. After evaluation, it was found that almost half of participants identified that they had benefited from on/off campus resources following their conversations with their peer mentors. Next steps include minor modifications to the program and further implementation.

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