The Next Mission: Veterans Go to College in Southern California

This event took place on:
Tuesday, May 7 - Tuesday, May 7
Student Vets - PIN

Sam Hodgson for the Public Insight Network

Richard Gilbert was a Marine Corps scout sniper who served in Iraq. Now he’s a veteran, and a student at the University of California-San Diego, where he fights an uphill battle to work through the symptoms of his traumatic brain injury.

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013 the Crawford Family Forum engaged student veterans and administrators of at least fourteen regional college and university veterans’ programs in a roundtable discussion focused on access and success in higher education. While there are many effective programs in place, the conversation yielded a consensus that there are a variety of challenges faced by both the institutions and the individual student veterans. To facilitate this open exchange of ideas, we broke the traditional panel and audience Q&A format and created an inclusive dialogue-driven program, moderated by KPCC’s Patt Morrison, in which we actively encouraged attendees to participate. The goal for a discussion like this is to raise awareness of these issues in the Southern California community as well as inform media coverage and continue the ongoing dialogue among the institutions and the veterans they serve.

This program was a collaboration of the Public Insight Network (PIN) and the staffs of American Public Media and Southern California Public Radio. It was funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and included in-person engagement, on-air and online features and the Crawford Family Forum. 

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