This Veterans Day, we pause to honor those who have served and to meet a few veteran and active duty military students.

As of fall 2018, about 7,000 students who have served in the military or are currently serving are attending CSU campuses. The largest cohorts are found at San Diego State and CSU San Marcos​. There are also more than 13,000 dependents of veterans using educational benefits earned by a service member or veteran.

“Veterans are nontraditional students, so most are older than the average CSU student," says Marshall Thomas, Ed.D., director of Veterans Affairs at the CSU Chancellor's Office in Long Beach. “When compared to nonveteran peers, they are more likely to be first-generation students, have dependents to care for, work more hours per week and are more likely to report a disability.

An important part of our mission, and one we take very seriously, is to serve those who served."

To celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who are serving or have served, we asked student-veterans at four CSU campuses to tell us about their transition to civilian life and the bonds they've formed at their respective Veterans Success Centers.   

Military-connected students can find support and information at 22 of the 23 CSU campuses. Our Veterans Success Centers provide services such as outreach, advising and academic support, benefits certification and advocacy.​


PHOTOGRAPHY: robert bain, kellie jo brown,
Andrew duardo, jason halley,
​michael moody, robert whitehead

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