For stu­dent vet­erans, the tran­si­tion to col­lege life can be chal­lenging as they adjust not only to campus life but also to their lives back home after sup­porting their country through mil­i­tary ser­vice.

That’s why North­eastern has stepped in to help them out.

Last week, the Uni­ver­sity hosted a wel­come dinner for new and returning stu­dent vet­erans to help them build a suc­cessful North­eastern expe­ri­ence. The event allowed stu­dents to recon­nect, build new friend­ships and learn about all the resources avail­able through the Uni­ver­sity and in the com­mu­nity.

“It’s nice to be able to come out and meet people with sim­ilar expe­ri­ences as you,” said Jonathan Peterson, a second-​​year stu­dent who served in the Marine Corps.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Stu­dent Affairs, the Uni­ver­sity Registrar’s office, Stu­dent Finan­cial Ser­vices, Stu­dent Activ­i­ties and Uni­ver­sity Health & Coun­seling Ser­vices were among those greeting stu­dents at the event, along with the Stu­dent Vet­erans Orga­ni­za­tion (SVO), Northeastern’s chapter of Stu­dent Vet­erans for America.

Andrew McCarty is a loan coor­di­nator in Stu­dent Finan­cial Ser­vices, the SVO’s staff advisor and a U.S. Air Force vet­eran.

“We want to be proac­tive and engage the new and returning stu­dent vet­erans on campus,” he said.

The SVO holds monthly meet­ings and par­tic­i­pates in com­mu­nity ser­vice and vet­erans fundraising events, such as the Run to Home Base 9K in May, the Wounded War­rior Project’s Sol­dier Ride in August and the Ride for Our Heroes event later this month.

At last week’s dinner, SVO Pres­i­dent Matt Grillo, a junior and U.S. Air Force vet­eran, also greeted new faces and wel­comed familiar ones back to campus. He was hopeful the dinner would serve as a spring­board for Northeastern’s stu­dent vet­eran com­mu­nity to come together and get involved as the new aca­d­emic year begins.

“This is the most Husky vet­erans I’ve seen in one place,” Grillo said. “The Uni­ver­sity really helped us to get the word out.”

The ongoing effort to sup­port Northeastern’s stu­dent vet­erans builds on the University’s long­standing com­mit­ment to fos­tering strong rela­tion­ships with the mil­i­tary and vet­erans, including its sup­port of the Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram, which helps post-​​9/​11 vet­erans earn col­lege degrees.

North­eastern is also a national leader in pur­suing inno­v­a­tive security-​​related research.

Stu­dent vet­erans can find more infor­ma­tion about resources at http://​www​.north​eastern​.edu/​v​e​t​e​r​a​n​s​/​r​e​s​o​u​r​c​e​s​/​i​n​d​e​x​.​h​tml.

Fac­ulty and staff vet­erans inter­ested in working with stu­dent vet­erans can con­tact Stu­dent Affairs in 104 Ell Hall at 617–373-4384, or StudentAffairsOffice@​neu.​edu.