After serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy, Pilar Arteaga is preparing for her second act. She returned to Chicago in the summer of 2014 and began attending NLU in the fall. She is on track to graduate in the winter of 2015 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Her 11-year-old son Nathan previously embraced the life of a military child, but has settled in to living in Chicago and excelling in school. Pilar talked with us about why she went into the Navy two weeks after high school graduation, where she traveled and what she plans to do with her degree.
What prompted you to enter the military?
I struggled academically and was having some problems at home when I graduated high school. I decided to enter the military two weeks after my graduation day. I planned to serve for about four years, but that timeframe extended to 20 years. Continue reading
News is getting out around the nation about how National Louis University’s Veterans Program provides holistic support for military-connected students.
Seattle-area news columnist Mike Schindler, who is also CEO of Operation Military Family, a veteran-centric consulting firm, praised NLU’s wraparound model of support in his April 26 post in MyEdmondsNews.com.
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.
(Image courtesy of Mike Purgatori)
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.
(Image courtesy of Mike Purgatori)
Players from NIU and Toledo huddle around the coin toss during the pre-game ceremony.
Tell us about yourself.
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.
More 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.
When 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?
Recently 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.
As 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.