Promising Practices

7. Veteran Friendly Signs & Symbols

7. Veteran Friendly Signs & Symbols


Welcome and recognize veterans by using familiar signs and symbols.

Promising Practice

Transitioning to a new environment can be quite overwhelming. One must learn where various offices and services are located, figure out key points-of-contact, and try to learn about the different policies in place. For veterans this transition can be exceptionally difficult, as most of their questions and issues, while in the military, are taken care of in one centrally-located place. Therefore it is recommended that institutions identify key locations on campus with familiar signs and symbols. This will help veterans identify places on campus that can help point them in the right direction.

Model of Practice

The following example comes from Cascadia Community College. They welcome student veterans to their veteran’s center by using the five service flags for each branch of the military.

Military Flags

King County Institutions Implementing Practice

Cascadia Community College, Divers Institute of Seattle, Eastern Washington University, Green River Community College, Highline Community College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Seattle Central Community College, Shoreline Community College, University of Washington-Bothell Campus.

From Timm Lovitt's Promising Best Practices: Veteran-Supportive Institutions of Higher Education in King County (Veterans Training Support Center, 2013). See the full report: download pdf, 99 pages

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