A Great Need
Today’s veterans often leave the military without any plan for the difficult transition they face. This means they take on the challenge of finding housing and a new job, reconnecting with loved ones after long periods of separation and furthering their education—all at once. Veterans often express the need for more support in navigating this transition. The Occidental Veterans Program will provide veterans with what they are asking for: dedicated faculty, staff and a relationship-based community like the one they left that will provide an outstanding education, mentorship, stimulating programming and full-time student support.
A Good Fit
At Oxy, student veterans contribute as much to the community as they receive. Veterans bring a global perspective, hard-won life experience and leadership skills, broad diversity and a commitment to service to campus. For their part, student veterans tell us that their Oxy experience—which combines intimate scale with the infinite scope of the liberal arts—expands their worldview and helps them to express their individual needs and realize their full potential during a time of transition.
In Good Hands
Veterans Program Director Nathan Graeser has served in the U.S. Army National Guard for 20 years, including as a chaplain for an infantry brigade combat team over the last three years. Having earned a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a master’s and doctorate degree in social work from the University of Southern California, Nathan has educated hundreds of providers and educators on how to effectively support veterans transitioning out of the military. He was recently recognized by the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the Interreligious Council of Southern California as one of 50 leaders working at the intersection of faith and social change.