Davenport University is among the universities which offer military training services. It has developed programs and policies which help Military veterans with the support and resources needed to succeed in transition life between military and student. The purpose of these policies and program is to offer people with the same experience and interest to meet and develop a network which will provide resources and relevant information benefits in transitioning life from military to civilian since this has been a challenge to many military veterans. Acquire a University or college degree has been a challenge due to a lack of understanding among some university faculty. Some military veterans also feel that they are outsiders due to visible and invisible wounds of war witnessed in them among the 18 years traditional university students.
Davenport University has come up with an education policy that aids in the enhancement of the veteran military life. Since education has been one of the major challenges, the university has come up with the university military discount system of Education for the veterans, retirees, and dependents at a rate of 20% tuition fee reduction and waived application fee. The University has also a policy of connecting its military veteran students to a number of financial aid resources enabling them to achieve their educational goals. Davenport University also reviews and recommends the eligibility of veteran military students for federal, state, and institutional funding. The Michigan Career and technical institute also offer this program to the students. However, they don’t have the tuition fee reduction program as in the Davenport University. The Michigan University has Buddy to Buddy volunteer program that trains veterans to provide peer support. This is a health program developed to initiate the creation of a national network of University-based medical centers of excellence. This is to address the mental health needs of veterans and their families.
Another program developed by the Davenport University is the Health care program. It helps the veterans to acquire a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. It is a program for the experienced paramedic-level certified veteran enabling him/her to obtain a degree in nursing and position him/her self in the health care field (University of Wisconsin—Madison, 1983). It is a policy developed to Fastrack the many medically trained military personnel by offering advanced, standing for a transcript military training which is credited by sitting exams. This program is also developed by the Michigan career and technical institute where they offer a certified nurse assistant program. In this course, students learn patient care techniques in a simulated laboratory environment. This is followed by the normal clinical rotation in the nursing home. Upon completion of this program, the students are offered practice and study sessions enabling them to sit for a competency exam. The program is similar to that offered in the Davenport University for the Veteran military. In addition to this program, Michigan career and the technical institute also offer a Pharmacy technician program which enables the students to acquire skills in applied pharmacy. However, unlike at Davenport University where this program is developed both for the students and military veterans, at the Michigan Career and technical institute, the program is for the students only.
Davenport University has a number of recreational facilities which include; playgrounds for games such as volleyball, hockey, and football. They also have indoor games such as table tennis among others. Of all these facilities, the major recreational facility which accommodates both the military veterans and any other person in the university is the gym. This is a none-stop recreation and athletic gymnasium known as the auxiliary gym. It is a well-equipped recreational facility than in other schools. However, this recreational facility might be disadvantageous to military veterans with physical disabilities. The best form of recreational activity for this individual should be adaptive sports. These include activities such as Paralympics games for instance Paralympic athletics for people with visual disabilities, wheelchair basketball for military veterans who might have had spinal cord injury, quad rugby, and other outdoor activities. These recreational games are good for military veterans who might have got a physical injury in the line of duty and therefore can not attend the normal complex auxiliary gym within the Davenport University (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance., & American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, 1975).
As a matter of recreation, the university should come up with a policy that accommodates all the eligible military veterans putting into consideration various able and disabled individuals. This can be done by incorporating in the sporting activities a program that will enable even the disabled veteran militants to have their way in the recreational program (University of Wisconsin—Madison, 1983). A new policy is to come up with a system that will incorporate the non-varsity athletic programs within the university recreational program.
Another policy is to develop a system that will make the veteran military enjoy their recreation program by making military veterans recreation sports income-generating activity rather than just a sporting activity. The veterans should be made eligible for various financially oriented recreational activities by giving them a special waiver to such activities (University of Wisconsin—Madison, 1983).
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance., & American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. (1975). Journal of physical education and recreation. Reston, Va., etc: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
University of Wisconsin–Madison. (1983). Research, teaching and extension programs, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison. Madison, Wis.: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison.