By: Matt Horn
November 11, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Florida State University learned this Veterans Day that it has been named as one of the top veteran friendly colleges in the country. FSU Student Veterans Center Director Billy Francis is on a mission.
“You’re going to see a family at Florida State that is locking arms, learning more about the issues veterans face and thinking about how they can help them,” said Francis.
FSU acknowledges the transition from the battle field to civilian life isn’t an easy adjustment. As a way to open the dialogue, the university is teaming up with world renowned journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger at the annual Student Veteran Film Festival.
“It’s hard to leave the trauma behind, but its also hard to return to quote normal society because it seems less interesting back home,” said Junger. “Ya know? And that’s true of soldiers and journalists.”
Junger’s film: Which Way is the Front Line From Here? honors longtime friend and journalist Tim Hetherington who was killed overseas.
“I think a soldier, a veteran can see this film and recognize in this film about a journalist, recognize some of their own issues, I think its kind of universal,” said Junger.
The Student Veteran Film Festival launched in 2011. It was designed to raise awareness for veterans’ issues and support for veteran-related initiatives at the university.
“The whole Florida State Seminole family have reached out and even embraced the veterans in this very diverse culture,” said Francis.
FSU has more than 330 student veterans on campus, the university is aggressively working to expand veteran enrollment.
“We get up everyday to help veterans achieve their goals,” said Francis.
This is the first year FSU was ranked in Military Times best colleges for vets.
Florida State is joined by the University of South Florida in the top 10 best colleges for vets. USF was ranked 5th in the poll.