Today's student veterans are at a critical point in American history. We have the opportunity to significantly influence the public discussion about the future of veterans in our country, but we also have to seize this opportunity to create change.
By expanding their applicant pool to include more veterans, universities might achieve not only a more desirable racial and economic balance, but also a greater diversity of experience and perspectives.
Faced with faculty animosity, veterans often have no idea where to turn. Many feel isolated on campus to begin with. They are older than their peers and their life experience is radically different from theirs.
In talking about the wars our veterans have fought, we tend to emphasize the rights they are protecting. And yet college education remains more a privilege than a right in America. For those who risk their lives defending our rights, this is one privilege we should try our utmost to extend.