Operation Hoosier Promise launches campus task force focused on student veterans

The task force had its first meeting in April and includes 23 members from across the Bloomington campus. Not only will they learn from each other, they can take what they learned about helping student veterans back to their departments, Summerlot said.

Gonzalez added that veterans and military students often have questions about the application fees and additional financial aid beyond their government financial assistance.

"How can we, as a university, work together and share ideas to help these students?" he asked.

The task force also wants to increase awareness about veterans and their experiences in both the IU community and the community at large.

"It ties into civic responsibility," said Michelle Moyd, a task force member, Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor in the Department of History and U.S. Air Force veteran. She added that the IU community and the community at large have misconceptions about veterans and don't understand what they need.

For faculty, she said that's not about doing anything different but about knowing where to point students who are having challenges.

Both Moyd and Summerlot agreed that there can be stereotypes about student vets, such as what they look like and their political beliefs, that aren't true.

"When they are in our classrooms, they are quite an asset," she said. "They are eager, and they are engaged."