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Jonathan Vu

Jonathan Vu

CU Boulder SECond Mission AmeriCorps VISTA

Jonathan is a VISTA at University of Colorado at Boulder. He grew up in California but moved to Colorado in 2007 when he was stationed in Aurora, CO through the Air Force. He felt as though his service was uneventful and wanted to find a way to give back to the community that had continued to help him post-military service, as a student. Jonathan was a work-study for the CU Boulder Veterans’ Services office for a few years and after revamping their work processes and creating a tracking system for students, he decided that he wanted try and expand these improvements to other offices so that we can all better serve veterans receiving VA educational benefits. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, Jonathan has commited great amounts of time generating a successful data analysis and tracking program. He hopes the program will eventually have the capacity to be used in college camupses accross the United States. 

Jonathan likes to compete in USPSA; a national practical shooting community that holds weekly matches around the Denver area. He also enjoys completing DIY projects around the house that involve: carpentry, furniture making, and metalworking. 



This isn’t a story about war, about the wounds—both visible and invisible—that soldiers are left to carry after war, or the trauma that goes hand in hand with being a soldier.  You won’t find details of battle or unsettling imagery in this tale.  This story is about strength and determination beyond the experience of war; this story embodies the power of self-identity as a veteran.  It’s a story of integrating the person that you once were with the person you are now...