As the number of student veterans at the University of Iowa continues to grow, President Sally Mason said Tuesday the university is committed to expanding opportunities on campus for this diverse group.
“An important mission of the Military and Veteran Student Services is to shift us from being a campus that has compassion for its veterans to one that depends on its veterans,” Mason said. “You’re a part of us and very much a part of the fabric of this great university.”
Loebsack said that it’s crucial for today’s veterans to have strong support programs as they return from deployment and, with their unique experiences, adjust to student life. Loebsack, who serves on the House Armed Forces Committee, said the UI’s efforts are very expansive.
“The university is very far a long, head and shoulders above, in the services they provide,” he told The Gazette.
And students are taking note. Michael Considine, president of the UI Veterans Association said he and other veterans appreciate services such as in-state tuition for all veterans (a move by the Iowa legislature) and the support of officials like President Mason.
“Its nice to know the university has our back,” Considine said.