UVU students launch project to connect student veterans to benefits

The following is the first in a series of articles on student veterans, and the unique challenges they face, on local college campuses. The series will appear in Wednesday editions through March 23.



They may no longer be in combat, but for many student veterans, the battle is far from over, whether it’s fighting to find benefits, or adjusting to their new normal of civilian life.

“Getting benefits has been described to us as jumping through hoop after hoop, and we thought, let’s put those hoops together and jump through it at one time,” said Ruth Kindt, a member of Epic Public Relations, a group of Utah Valley University students running a campaign with multiple goals to aid student veterans and change the public mentality around them.

“There is a general idea with student veterans that they come back and they’re broken,” said Colton Simons, a team member.

The campaign, Enlist In Your Education, seeks to raise awareness of student veterans, connect veterans to their benefits and increase enrollment in the campus chapter of the Student Veterans of America club.

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