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How To Show A Veteran Your Appreciation


No one knows better than a veteran that actions speak louder than words.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
-- John F. Kennedy, U.S. president and
World War II Navy veteran

A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Nick Lanier wore the camouflage green, tan and gray of a U.S. Army uniform for 13 years.

During that time, he was often approached in airports, restaurants and shopping malls by strangers who shook his hand and thanked him for his service.


Saint Leo Course Focuses On Military To Civilian Transition


A new tool is available to Saint Leo student-veterans, including vets studying online, to help with the transition to civilian life: a free online course with an abundance of resources.

Tedd Weiser knows what it means to serve.

He understands the intensity of military life – the closeness that develops among service members from being in an environment where everyone shares a common mission, structure and sense of purpose.

Shortly after graduating from high school, Weiser joined the U.S. Marine Corps, which became his life for the next 20 years. He was stationed in Japan, California and North Carolina and also was deployed to the Middle East to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was wounded in combat.


Accelerated MBA: What’s The Key To Success?


U.S. Air Force Captain Jason Ross shares how he was able to earn an MBA online in one year.

An MBA can help you improve your earning potential, gain new skills and stand out in a competitive job market. So why not try to complete the coursework as quickly as possible?

It’s true — taking two classes each term can help you earn enough credits for an MBA in as little as one year. But following an accelerated MBA path isn’t for everyone. It takes time management, discipline and a willingness to make sacrifices temporarily to reach your goal.

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Veterans in Higher Education


When it comes to providing effective support services to help veterans achieve academic success, is “military friendly” enough?

By Tedd “Gunny” Weiser, Office of Veteran Student Services

Last month, I had the pleasure to be part of the team that hosted the second national Military and Veteran Social Work Conference, which took place here at Saint Leo’s University Campus. 

Being a 20-year veteran myself, it was an extreme pleasure to see so many devout professionals dedicated to helping veterans succeed in higher education. The program of more than 50 speakers and presenters that attracted attendees from around the nation and from several countries was inspiring.

While there was so much to learn from these social work experts, two simple points that came up time and again in presentations and informal discussions really hit home for me. Maybe that’s because they represent casual assumptions that I, myself, have been guilty of when working with our veteran students here at Saint Leo – at least until now.


Military Social Work Experts To Speak At Saint Leo Conference


Military social work experts, educators and practitioners will gather at Saint Leo for the second national Military and Veteran Social Work Conference, June 6-7.

Col. Ann McCulliss Johnson, U.S. Army (ret), MSW, and Lt. Col. Nathan Keller, LCSW, PhD, nationally recognized experts on social work practice with service members, veterans and military families, and will be the keynote speakers at the second national Military and Veteran Social Work Conference. Johnson and Keller will address this year’s theme "Veterans in Transition," along with more than 50 speakers and presenters.

The only event of its kind in the United States dedicated solely to military social work, the 2014 conference is sponsored by Saint Leo University. It takes place Friday, June 6 through Saturday, June 7 at University Campus in St. Leo, Fla.

The conference includes clinical and higher education tracks for social work practitioners and educators and is open to graduate social work students, including students in Saint Leo’s online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program.

Navy Vet Turned Social Work Student Is All Heart


Helping neighbors as he was growing up and experiencing heartbreak while visiting a Romanian orphanage contributed to George Meara’s desire to become a social worker at 56.

George Meara’s interest in helping people and social work was instilled in him early. Growing up in Queens, N.Y., George remembers his mother giving him the task at age 11 to run to the grocery store each week to help a recently widowed neighbor.

“At the time I never thought much about it, but looking back it reinforces my belief that social work at the community level is effective. Neighbors know neighbors. If a neighbor’s husband passes away or has mobility issues, you can help your neighbors and take care of them.”

Fund Offers Veteran Students Emergency Financial Assistance

Student Veteran Emergency Fund. Saint Leo University

Veteran students studying on-ground or online who face financial hardship due to an unexpected or emergency situation can find temporary assistance.

Saint Leo University alumnus Jamal Lowe had served for seven years in the U.S. Navy, an experience he says prepared him “for just about any obstacle that a man could face.”

That was until his senior year at Saint Leo when he encountered a financial emergency – an unexpected delay in his veterans’ benefits – and faced possible eviction from his home.

“My semester began with a desperate feeling of neglect and betrayal and thoughts of living on the streets,” he says, until the morning he received a call from Dr. Jose Coll, director of the university’s Office of Veteran Student Services, with an offer of temporary financial assistance.

Administered through the Office of Veteran Student Services, the Veteran Student Emergency Fund provides limited financial assistance to currently enrolled students facing an unforeseen hardship that could have a direct negative impact on their educational status.

Serving Veterans In Transition

military social work.Saint Leo social work conference

Saint Leo will host the only social work conference in the nation dedicated solely to military social work.

As the approximately 2.6 million troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11 continue to withdraw from war in the Middle East and return home, social work practitioners anticipate a burgeoning need for services to assist veterans with transitioning back to community life.

To provide an opportunity to explore the myriad issues related to the challenges these veterans will face, Saint Leo University’s Office of Veteran Student Services will host a Military and Veteran Social Work Conference, June 6-7, 2014 at the school’s University Campus in St. Leo, Fla. The theme of the conference is “Veterans in Transition.”

Dr. Jose Coll, director of Veteran Student Services and associate professor of social work at Saint Leo, is chair of the event. He says the conference is the only one of its kind in the United States – a conference dedicated solely to military social work – and this is only the second time it has been held.

Saint Leo Ranked Among Best Colleges For Veterans

Best Colleges for Veterans.Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University is included in U.S. News & World Report's first "Best Colleges for Veterans" Ranking.

U.S. News & World Report has launched its first rankings of the “Best Colleges for Veterans,” and Saint Leo placed 11 in the South region among the 234 schools included in the new list.

To qualify for the new rankings, schools first had to be ranked in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. U.S. News & World Report ranked Saint Leo 55 among the top universities in the southern regional category in the 2014 Best Colleges edition.

In addition, schools included on the new ranking had to participate in federal initiatives that help veterans and active servicemembers apply, pay for, and complete their degrees. Saint Leo University:

Veterans Day Tribute

Saint Leo University. 40th Military Anniversary

To all those who have ever worn a uniform and served to make America the greatest nation on Earth, thank you.

For four decades, Saint Leo University has had the privilege of serving those who have served through its proud educational partnership with the military.

Today the university commemorates Veterans Day 2013 and concludes its yearlong 40th anniversary celebration with events that honor all who have served, or who are currently serving, our country in the United States Armed Forces. (Click morning or evening to watch the ceremonies via live stream.)

From poets to politicians, famous people over the years have paid tribute to these brave men and women. Here, accompanied by images and music, are some of their inspirational words.

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