Georgetown University’s Veterans Office held its first Veteran Education Training (VET) Ally Program in 2013 to start a dialogue among the campus community to identify the strengths and challenges service members, veterans, and military family members face while pursuing their academic and career goals in a civilian environment.
The Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola after recovering from a battle wound and overcoming the challenges he faced while transitioning from being a warrior to a civilian. Georgetown University is a Catholic and Jesuit institution and prides itself with shaping a campus environment around the Jesuit values to educate the whole person. Due to the deep historical connections to the military and the Jesuit values of care and service, Georgetown identifies the responsibility of serving the military community who are a part of the campus community as students, faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors.
VET Ally’s mission is to provide military-connected students with a welcoming and supportive environment in which they can pursue their academic, personal, and professional goals. In order to create this environment, awareness is required so that members of Georgetown’s community who are not directly connected to the military can create a supportive campus.
The seminar provides our campus with a visible network of knowledgeable supporters of service members, veterans, and military families. The seminar covers many topics of great importance to military students studying at Georgetown. Some of the topics paint with wide brushes, so we encourage VET Allies to continue learning about the specific issues faced by military students in higher education by connecting with the Veterans Office and participating in other programs on campus around military topics.
Participants are offered a handbook that serves as a resource to help VET Allies support the military community. VET Allies are also issued a decal to display in their office or space to highlight that the space is military-friendly.
For more information about the services the Veterans Office provides and educational financial information for military-connected members at Georgetown University, please review the Veterans Office Services, Financing Your Education, and Who to Contact documents.
If you are interested in bringing the program to a department, you can email our office to arrange a seminar.