Veteran's Perspective - Todd Bucher (Marine Corps)
When I first came to Bloomsburg University I was lost. After returning from overseas I had difficulty readjusting to society in general, let alone college life.
Along with dealing with physical and mental injuries sustained during war, I now had a whole new set of obstacles to deal with and with barely any guidance or support system I came to a crossroad.
My name is Todd Bucher I’m a Communications Studies major with a concentration in Leadership and Public Advocacy. I realized that my transition had little to do with expanding independence or homesickness. In the shift from a military to a collegiate setting, veterans must learn to find meaning in a new community with an entirely different value system.
After the first two years of trials and tribulations and meeting a veteran here and there and picking up a new tactic on dealing with college life, I met fellow veterans by the name of Mike Medvec and Josh Bentley talking about getting a few Bloomsburg veterans together and starting our own campus association where veterans, reservists, family members of veterans and the community could get together and share a common bond. This is where the Bloomsburg University Student Veterans Association was born.
But I felt that there needed to be an easier transition for Veterans coming into Bloomsburg University. So as I started to think about what I could do with a summer internship and that gave me a perfect opportunity to help Bloomsburg University and its Veterans. When I first started looking at our Bloomsburg website the only thing I could find was who our certifying official was and a little about BUSVA. With the help of key staff members and faculty members along with countless hours of research on the transition of veterans into collegiate life and what some other universities across the country where doing for their veterans, I came up with a streamlined program that is one click off Bloomsburg University’s main page. This program is a no nonsense cut and dry Veterans Readiness Kit that has all the key applications and contacts from finances through Montgomery GI Bill and class scheduling through Accommodative Services.
I hope that you find this site to be of some benefit. But beyond the information you find here, know that BU is filled with faculty, staff and other students who are here to answer you questions or help out in any way they can.