Hello, and welcome to the University of Arizona. My name is Bruce Grissom, and I serve as the Director of the Veterans Education and Transitions Services (VETS) program. VETS was created to provide a comprehensive set of services to ensure you transition successfully to the university environment, are retained, graduate, and obtain meaningful employment. I want to personally invite you to visit our Military-Connected Student Centers where you will find students that share your similar life experiences. Our centers are student-run: Our student leaders have successfully navigated the transition to the campus environment and want to assist you in succeeding too. We embrace the ideals and meaning of the core values of the University of Arizona - Integrity, Exploration, Inclusion, Adaptation, Determination, and Compassion.
All of our services are oriented toward all military-connected students. We see veterans from many eras, all branches of service, and countless job specialties. We also embrace and welcome dependents and spouses to our Centers. No matter what you did in the military or as a military connected family member, you are welcome here.
At VETS, we view student support through four lenses:
· Engage: We meet you where you are. Whether in our Centers or somewhere else on campus, let us know how we can help.
· Educate: Through a collaborative effort with our campus partners, we can connect you with advising and other academic resources. Many of our students are also willing to assist you with study skills and to help you grasp concepts for courses in which they have excelled.
· Empower: We facilitate seminars, meetings, and other informal gatherings to help you build your tool-kit. From Veterans health care to resumes and public speaking, we want you to be empowered with the tools for you to succeed.
· Employ: In conjunction with our Student Veterans of America chapter, we host formal and informal networking events to connect you with potential employers and become career ready upon completion of your academic journey.
Again, welcome to the University. We hope to see you in one of our Military Connected Student Centers.