On July 29-30, 2019, the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs hosted the Veterans Higher Education Collaborative (VHEC) at the University of Notre Dame. VHEC is a new national organization, formed in 2018, organized to work collaboratively with federal, non-profit, and higher education partners to address the gaps in services and support for veterans making the transition from the battlefield to the classroom. Members include 30 other higher education institutions, and the Department of Defense (DoD) is an ex officio member.
VHEC provides recommendations to DoD and other relevant bodies and agencies on policies and practices related to military service members and veterans transitioning to and participating in higher education through the following objectives:
- Strengthen partnerships among VHEC and stakeholders to create and maintain a comprehensive network of complementary support;
- Improve active and early engagement with service members and veterans throughout the military life cycle;
- Determine and endorse evidence-based successful practices for serving and supporting service members and veterans as they transition into higher education; and
- Facilitate, evaluate, and leverage research to identify gaps in knowledge about service members and veterans to develop solutions to challenges, and garner support to improve success of service members and veterans.
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, addressed the VHEC on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Downes Club of Corbett Family Hall. Guests also attended a South Bend Cubs baseball game, and toured Notre Dame Stadium.