Most college-age students don't know anyone who served in the military, a major shift from just a generation ago. That's something Ann Treadaway, Rutgers' new director of veteran and military programs and services, wants to change. As the former director of the veterans support services at the College of Staten Island, who served two tours in Iraq before receiving her college degree, she is well-equipped for the task.
Rutgers has been widely recognized for its efforts to support veterans – offering volunteers and mentors and creating a Veterans House. Treadaway is hoping to shed light on the veteran community at Rutgers by doing some of the same type of outreach she did at Staten Island where she helped facilitate a living-learning community for student veterans and an educational poster marketing campaign featuring the images and service background of student veterans.
Rutgers is among only 65 universities in the country designated a VetSuccess location by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, placing a full-time U.S.V.A employee on campus to assist the 1,500 student veterans and their 500 dependents, ROTC students and active duty personnel.
Excerpted from Rutgers Today