HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

188

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2015

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

URGING THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII SYSTEM TO ESTABLISH A VETERANS RESOURCE OFFICE AND CENTER TO SUPPORT VETERANS.

 

 

 


     WHEREAS, there are more than 2,400 veterans enrolled across the ten campuses of the University of Hawaii System, comprising four percent of the student body; and

 

     WHEREAS, veterans provide a wealth of leadership, talent, expertise, and experience to classrooms and university campuses; and

 

     WHEREAS, veterans can face unique challenges when integrating back into society, including traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, physical and mental disabilities, risk of suicide, and hypervigilance; and

 

     WHEREAS, the University of Hawaii System does not have a dedicated office to address the educational needs of veterans and to encourage and recruit veterans to earn high quality degrees that will help them find rewarding employment; now, therefore,

 

     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-eighth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2015, the Senate concurring, that the University of Hawaii System is urged to establish a Veterans Resource Office and a Veterans Resource Center at each campus to support veterans in obtaining high quality degrees and to increase veteran enrollment; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that each Veterans Resource Center is urged to:

 

     (1)  Conduct campus surveys of student veterans to identify the needs, address important issues, and collect suggestions of veterans;

 

     (2)  Establish a campus steering committee consisting of student veterans, faculty, and staff to:

 

          (A)  Develop programs to establish or strengthen the veteran supportive campus program based on best practices; and

 

          (B)  Identify the needs of the student veterans;

 

     (3)  Conduct sensitivity and awareness training for faculty and staff on military and veteran culture, including traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, physical and mental disabilities, suicide risks, and hypervigilance;

 

     (4)  Conduct student veteran orientation programs, including student veteran guides for the first day of classes;

 

     (5)  Establish peer mentoring and peer support programs for student veterans;

 

     (6)  Establish an optional veterans-only course taught by a veteran or by a trained volunteer on veteran issues;

 

     (7)  Develop and implement outreach strategies to local military bases;

 

     (8)  Act as a comprehensive resource and study center for student veterans, their families, and student family members of the armed forces who are currently deployed on active duty;

 

     (9)  Collaborate with the community to obtain support from private organizations;

 

    (10)  Conduct career and job placement services for student veterans;

 

    (11)  Collaborate with the Director of the Office of Veterans' Services on matters and issues relating to student veterans; and

 

    (12)  Take other actions to support student veterans; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that each Veterans Resource Office is urged to offer a Veterans Supportive Campus certification to any campus that has successfully implemented and achieved the goals established by this Concurrent Resolution; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents; the President of the University of Hawaii System; and the Director of the Office of Veterans' Services.

Report Title: 

University of Hawaii; Veteran Support