JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — Going back to college as a non-traditional student can be difficult.
But it’s often even more challenging if you’re a military veteran on campus for the first time.
6 News visited Jackson College Tuesday to see how they’re ramping up efforts to help vets returning to school.
Todd Seltrick served five years in the army.
Two of them were spent in Iraq.
He now has a new mission: finishing college.
“It is difficult re-integrating back into school when you’ve been out for so long,” Seltrick said.
The former soldier says he wouldn’t have gotten this far if it wasn’t for the Veterans Resource Center at Jackson College.
“They can open the door and pretty much have every need they have met through the center,” said Elizabeth Snell of Jackson College.
Opening up this semester in a new location, the center offers advising, information on benefits, and a quiet safe haven.
“It’s a nice area to be with other like-minded individuals who’ve really understood what you’ve gone through. It can just give you that moral support like you had when you were in the military,” Seltrick said.
The vet center helps to fulfil the goal of making the campus a friendlier place for those who have served our country.
“Overall there is a dedication to veterans. I think that’s being felt through the campus,” Snell said.
While getting back to normal life can be scary, Seltrick said college can help provide a path to the future.
“If they’ve gotten out recently, I would push them into education if at all possible. College is a great transitional tool into coming back into the civilian world,” Seltrick said.