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University of Hawaii sets up veteran task force

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:03 a.m. HST, Nov 25, 2013

The University of Hawaii is forming a task force to improve services for military veterans.

The university said Friday it wants the task force to help different campuses within the university system to learn from each other's successes.

Task Force results and recommendations will be shared at a systemwide conference at Manoa next spring.

The 15-member group may work with veteran students and recent veteran graduates to understand what barriers they have faced and what contributed to their success.

They may also identify federal policy changes that would help student veterans. They may also make recommendations to federal officials and Hawaii's congressional delegation.

The task force is chaired by Chris Manaseri, Dean of Student Services at Leeward Community College.

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mr808surfguy wrote:
You would think with large military veterans presence already in the islands since oh I don't know WWII, you think UH would already be doing this. Once again The Brain Trust at UH failing to think into the future.
on November 25,2013 | 06:45AM
serious wrote:
Good point. I would suggest with the massive number of retired servicemen in Hawaii--those who "have been there" would be great committee choices. However, the lack of good paying employment opportunities in the Islands makes one wonder--why the U of Hawaii? Trade schools is where it's at. All the other jobs are tourist related. A veteran has had years of discipline, told what to do, free clothing, free medical and dental, free food, free housing but if that serviceman didn't learn some civilian related job--I doubt that he/she will turn things around overnight.
on November 25,2013 | 09:26AM
FinzyKontini wrote:
I don't get it. Last time I checked, the Board of Regents there lacked both a Brain AND Trust. I'm ashamed to call UH my alma mater =(
on November 25,2013 | 09:43AM
busterb wrote:
#1 barrier? The lack of classes for majors. How many vets, or any other students for that matter, can afford to spend 5-6 years trying to get a 4 year degree? That's 1-2 years lost in their ability to go out into the workforce. If you snowball it to the end of their careers, that is a loss of 10s of $1,000! Why waste the time setting up another doughnut eating task force when you could apply those funds for a couple more classes that aren't even offered every semester? Is it any wonder that on the latest UH commercial that one girl says the best thing about UH is going on exchange? LOL, the BEST thing is going away! Gotta love that.
on November 25,2013 | 06:50AM
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