Updated: November 05, 2019 12:36 PM
Created: November 05, 2019 12:23 PM
ALBANY – Amanda Matteson is a doctoral student in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany. While in the New York Army National Guard (‘05-’11) she was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom (’08-’09).
Right now, she works doing program evaluation for New York State sponsored veteran’s peer-to-peer program.
"It is really a transition because you're used to being with your unit, working with a group of people, and they're very close-knit and then you come to a school where there's hundreds of people and it's very overwhelming and you don't know anybody," Matteson said.
She is part of a two-day conference at the SUNY Administration building for veterans coordinators, educators and student vets representing more than 50 campuses sharing best practices for meeting the unique needs of college veterans.
Part of that is the need for wrap-around services, says SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson.
“They're not food insecure, that they have access to mental health services because we know that that can prevent students from being successful in the classroom,” Johnson said.
Rep. Antonio Delgado also offered some thoughts at the start of the meeting: "Have peer-to-peer or vet-to-vet programs. Allow folks to come together in atmospheres or environments that allow them to ease some of the mental strain that they've been asked to endure in service."
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