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Veterans Find Their Way at UNLV
Veterans Find Their Way at UNLV

Students at UNLV saw dozens of people running through campus Thursday has part of an effort to draw attention to a group called Rebel Vets.

The group provides support to veterans transitioning from military life to campus life. More than half a million veterans are taking advantage of the post 9/11 G.I. Bill that helps pay for education. Hundreds of those veterans have chosen to use that education money at UNLV. One of those veterans is Joe Sorge. He says he couldn’t wait to get to college after leaving the Air Force but admits relating to other students can be tough.

“Most of them are between the ages of 18 and 25, so you still have the post high school mentality a lot of times. That is where we as veterans stick together because we are past that point,” Sorge said.

Stewart Foster, another veteran, says socializing with other students can be a challenge because his life experiences are so different.

“I know I've been through things that a lot of people here haven't been through. So, it is hard, but I try to stay as modest as possible because I want to fit in,” Foster said.

The Rebel Vets program helps these former military men and women fit in and find their way. Sally Caspers with the program says all the veterans are resilient people they just need guidance to find the resources they need.

“They come from one major institution and have to integrate into another with a lot of different customs and rules. So they have to learn to navigate all that,” Caspers said.

G.I. magazine named UNLV a military friendly school for the way it embraces military members and student veterans. That puts the school in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools around the country.