UW Oshkosh Vet Corps
UW Oshkosh Center for Career Development and Employability Training (CCDET) recently received a grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service for an AmeriCorps program utilizing UW Oshkosh student veterans and military family members. AmeriCorps is national service program that allows citizens to assist those in need. This grant will focus on supporting UW Oshkosh student & veterans transitioning from military to civilian life.
Research shows that connecting veterans to volunteer service helps those veterans transition back to civilian life—and veterans have much to give back to their communities. CNCS is actively conducting and developing service projects that tap into the expertise and interest of our men and women in uniform who are leaving active duty but still want to serve their country in important ways.
Vet Corps Member Receives National Award
Alexander Feest, of Appleton, is a returning combat veteran from the United States Marine Corps. During his time as a student at Fox Valley Technical College, Feest was also a member of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Vet Corps Program. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Feest was given the Harkin Excellence in Service Award in Washington D.C for his efforts in guiding other local veterans in coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The award, presented in the name of Former Senator Harkin (a major champion on national and community service), is given to four individuals throughout the country, each having been nominated by people who have witnessed the members’ service. When discussing Feest’s progress and impact on local veterans, Site Supervisor Kelly Nutty said: “Alex single-handedly conducted significant outreach to numerous local groups to promote team building days and special events for military members and veterans at Riverview Gardens. Because of Alex’s efforts, veterans from all branches of service have joined Riverview Gardens as community volunteers, and veterans in need have connected with us and joined our job-training program” Congratulations Alex on a job well done, and thank you for your service.
Providing Meaningful Service Opportunities for Veterans in Northeast Wisconsin
Members placed at schools and nonprofit agencies will gain valuable experience by helping local organizations fulfill their missions while recruiting and supporting volunteers and acting as a key resource for other veterans and military families. Duties will vary based on site placement. Service activities may include tutoring, mentoring, building houses, helping those with disabilities, gardening, supporting local veteran programs, and much more. Members will complete 450 service and training hours over a 3-10 month period.
Benefits to Members
Members will receive a meaningful experience that will help their well-being and purpose as they transition into civilian life. Training will be provided to assist them in their service as well as to provide them additional skills to take with them after their service is complete. Members will also receive a living allowance of $2,000 and education award of $1,515. Specific information on the education award can be found at www.nationalservice.gov/resources/edaward. Members may also qualify to receive 3 internship credits.
Qualifications for 2016-17 Program Year
- US citizen, national, or permanent resident alien
- Minimum age of 17
- Veteran or immediate family member of a veteran
- Strong desire to provide service to the community.
- Student enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits at one of the following:
- UW Oshkosh
- UW Fox Valley
- Fox Valley Technical College
- St. Norbert College
- Ripon College
- Marian University
- Lawrence University
- UW Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer.