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A Veteran’s Impact Comes Full Circle Prof’s Values, Inspired By Two Generations of Veterans, Inform His Teaching to Student Veterans

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Dr. Danny McGuire Jr., standing, reflects to his NLU students many of the values ingrained in him by his father, Danny McGuire Sr., a veteran. Both men served on the Chicago police force.

 

By Darlene Cook

For many student veterans students studying Criminal Justice, Danny L. McGuire Jr., Ed.D., has become an ally, mentor, and life coach as he applies his experience as a police officer and the lessons of his father, a Vietnam veteran, to his daily interactions with his students. Dr. Danny, as his students affectionately call him, played a key role in launching the Criminal Justice program at National Louis University in 2012, but it is his more than 20 years of service in law enforcement, following closely in his father’s footsteps, which shaped his role and commitment to his students in the classroom.

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Biden Praises Student Veterans; Conference Frames Service As Career Asset SVA Stresses Need to Know What You’re Entitled To, Improving Mental Health Resources

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National Louis University student veterans and staff attended the Student Veterans Association conference with SVA CEO D. Wayne Robinson in San Antonio, Texas, in January.

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National Louis University student veterans and staff attended the Student Veterans Association conference in San Antonio, Texas, in January.

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The entire delegation of student veterans from Illinois posed for a photo during the Student Veterans Association conference in San Antonio, Texas, in January.

 

Written by Francesca Weaver-Chaney and Anne Gunderson

More than 1,200 student veterans, including some from NLU, watched with anticipation as Vice President Joe Biden approached a conference  podium in San Antonio, Texas, to speak.

“You are the finest group of warriors the world has ever known,” he told them.

The audience of students previously and currently serving in the five branches of the military stood to applaud Biden. Many said afterward they had once again gained pride in being a part of this nation’s military. Continue reading »

NLU Student Veteran Invited To Pre-Game Coin Toss

 

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NLU Student veteran Carida “Pilar” Arteaga, right. stands with her brother Jesus Arteaga.

Carida “Pilar” Arteaga, National Louis University student and veteran of the U.S. Navy, was invited to participate in the pre-game coin toss for the Northern Illinois University (NIU) vs. University of Toledo football game on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Arteaga, a Chicago native, entered the Navy in 1994 and after six deployments she retired as Petty Officer 1st Class in July 2014. Arteaga is  pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Management.

Joining Arteaga is her brother Jesus Arteaga, a student at NIU. Mr. Arteaga served  a total of eight years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman.

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Players from NIU and Toledo huddle around the coin toss during the pre-game ceremony.

 

Meet Anthony Owens, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

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I grew up on the West side of Chicago. My parents were very strict, so that helped with my transition to the military. Before I entered the military, I went to college for one year on a basketball scholarship. However, I lost my scholarship and started working at UPS to earn money to attend school. I decided that path wasn’t for me at the time and chose to enlist in the military.

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Building strong military families

shutterstock_177001172More than half of today’s military service members are married, and nearly 2 million children live in military families, which is a significant increase from years past when roughly 70 percent were single. With the stress that military life can bring to families, including periodic absences for duty, frequent moves, childcare issues, etc., nearly half of military marriages end in divorce. This stress also can be elevated when troops transition to civilian life and pursue higher education. With this in mind, the following are a few tips to help build and maintain a strong military family.

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A code of support for service men and women

shutterstock_143100571When service members enroll in the armed forces, they sign a code of conduct in which they pledge to give their lives in defense of the country if called upon to do so. As U.S. citizens who benefit from the sacrifice our service members make every day, it is important to ask ourselves what we can do to support them — especially as more troops return from active duty. It is critical not only to identify advocates for them, but to be an advocate who helps them transition to civilian life. What is our code of support for military troops and veterans?

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Disabled American Veterans: A resource for veterans to know

shutterstock_162286235Recently we talked with JoAnn Fisher, Department Commander, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Department District of Columbia, NLU alumna and a member of National Louis University’s Veterans Program Advisory Council. She shared interesting statistics about the DAV, as well as resources for disabled veterans.

According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, in 2012 more than 3.5 million U.S. military veterans had a service-connected disability. This number has greatly increased since 1986, when there were approximately 2.3 million veterans with service-connected disabilities. With a significant number of current disabled veterans, it is important that this population knows what resources are available to them and how to access them.

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NLU providing learning support for student veterans

shutterstock_160630583As military veterans return to school, many are juggling work, family and an introduction/reintroduction to higher education. To help these students make the most of their college careers, some military-friendly colleges and universities have established learning support departments. Peter Ploegman is a learning support specialist at National Louis University, and recently he shared an overview of his work and the importance of providing learning support services for student veterans.

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Transcendental meditation: An option to help veterans heal

shutterstock_129015947More than 22 million troops have served in the U.S. military, and as a result many carry very painful physical and emotional scars, including post-traumatic stress (PTS). According to researchers, including Norman Rosenthal, M.D., psychiatrist and medical researcher at Georgetown University Medical School and author of The New York Times bestseller, “Transcendence,” the practice of transcendental meditation (TM) has become an evidence-based mental technique for veterans who are looking to reduce their stress after returning from military life.

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