For decades, Saint Rose has welcomed military and veteran students and their families to our community. With the understanding that making the transition from military to civilian life can be difficult for service members and veterans, Saint Rose has prioritized Green Zone training to help faculty and staff understand the challenges these students face, as well as the strengths and opportunities they bring to the community.
Faculty and staff who have completed Green Zone training are not expected to be mental-health or social-work professionals (though some of them incidentally may be). They are expected to have a basic understanding of issues facing active and retired military personnel and their families. In addition, they are expected to be sympathetic listeners who can expediently refer students to the appropriate resources, whether that involves questions about G.I. Bill® funds, finding housing, networking with potential employers, or relating to civilian classmates.
The training is designed to create a network of allies who have:
- A basic understanding of the military experience, and the implications of deployment
- A basic knowledge of military structure and culture
- A knowledge of challenges facing military students navigating the academic world and reintegrating into the civilian population
- A recognition of ways in which each employee can increase the military friendliness of his or her services and programs
A familiarity with the support systems and resources available to military students, both within the College and throughout the greater Capital Region area.
- Offices that have completed Green Zone training receive a Green Zone logo to display on their premises.
Green Zone training is named for the secure international zone in Baghdad, Iraq, a place familiar to many young people who served or are serving in the Armed Forces.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.