UO student veterans to receive new resources thanks to grant

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Student veterans at the University of Oregon are going to see new resources in the near future.

The Department of Veteran's Affairs awarded the university $54,000 to help veteran students succeed in college.

The university's Veteran Resource Center says they will use the money for digital equipment, a part time veteran's coordinator, peer advisors and expansion of new student orientation for veterans.

“We understand that the veteran community is as diverse as any other community,” said Samantha Roberts, Veteran Program Coordinator,“ but there is a shared language and a shared understanding here, even among spouses and dependents, that doesn't exist elsewhere on campus. So, aside from providing free computer use, we provide a community here that doesn't always exist elsewhere on campus."

Fourteen public universities in Oregon received a portion of the $1 million grant.

Roberts says this also helps with working to establish a connection for incoming transfer student veterans from Lane Community College.

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