Regis helps veterans make a successful transition from service to civilian life

For veterans transitioning into college, diving back into the world of academia can be a challenge. But at Regis, veterans and active service members have a new resource to show them the way. With the opening of the military and veteran resource centers on Regis’ North Denver (Lowell) and Colorado Springs campuses in late 2013, Regis reinforced its efforts in ensuring success among its student veteran population, as well as all veterans and their dependents considering a return to school.

The centers offer not just guidance in applying for benefits, but a source for veterans to access services ranging from mental health support to tutoring to financial aid assistance. They also provide something a bit less concrete, but just as valuable: camaraderie, comfort and community.

John Sweet, military and veterans services coordinator, said veterans have been attending Regis for years, and the new generation of servicemen and women has its own unique needs that the centers aim to meet.

“Best practices indicate that the top way to help today’s men and women transition from the military to higher ed, and then on to a new mission in the civilian world, is to provide them with space, fellowship, information and support,” he said.

Terry Blevins, a combat veteran of the first Gulf War who works at the Denver resource center, agreed.
“Vets with a support system have a much greater chance of graduating. That’s one of the things these centers provide,” he said. “Whether you have family or not, you know you can come here and we’ve got your back.”

Learn more about how Regis is serving those who serve.