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SECond Mission

SECond Mission

SECond Mission

Given the drawdown of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the recent upgrade in education benefits, more Veterans will continue to seek out higher education as a next step. Many of these women and men undergo challenges transitioning from one culture to the next, may live with invisible wounds, and may struggle to balance finances, work, and family commitments. Campus Compact of the Mountain West is dedicated to assisting member campuses better prepare to serve Veteran students and their families by creating a Veteran-supportive campus culture.

SECond Mission VISTA

SECond Mission: Service|Education|Careers VISTA AmeriCorps Members serve a fulltime, twelve month term of national service to build the capacity of member campuses and community-based Veteran Serving Organizations (VSOs) to support veterans’ access to and persistence in higher education and their successful transition to the civilian workforce. In exchange for their service, VISTAs receive a modest living stipend, an education award of $5,750, health benefits, and a childcare benefit (if eligible). Current partners include Adams State University, Arapahoe Community College, Casper College, Johnson & Wales University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Mt. Carmel Center for Excellence, Naropa University, Red Rocks Community College, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver, University of Northern Colorado, and Veterans Upward Bound. If your campus or VSO is interested in hosting a SECond Mission VISTA AmeriCorps Member, please contact Katie Kleinhesselink at

CCMW Resources:

Strategies and Tactics to Better Serve Veterans Webinar 


Materials from the Second Mission: Service as a Strategy for Veteran Student Success Workshop:

Promising Best Practices

Kyle Hausmann-Stokes Video: Now, After

Make the Connection Video

Vets Prevail Video

Campus-based Resources for Veteran Students:

Arapahoe Community College

Adams State University

Casper College

Colorado College

Colorado State University

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Front Range Community College

Johnson & Wales University Denver

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Naropa University

Red Rocks Community College

Regis University

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

University of Colorado Denver

University of Denver

University of Northern Colorado

University of Wyoming

Past Projects:

The Mission Continues Fellowships

CCMW partnered with member campuses and  The Mission Continues Fellowship Program to provide post-9/11 Veterans with opportunities to support their fellow Veterans' access to and success in higher education.

Veteran Leader Corps

From 2013-2015, CCMW participated in Veteran Leader Corps (VLC), an AmeriCorps program of Points of Light, that supports Veterans' community engagement and career readiness.  CCMW's VLC Members served as Veteran Student Success Coordinators on eight higher education campuses in Colorado and Wyoming. 

The Telling Project and Veteran Artist Program

CCMW partnered with The Telling Project and Veteran Artist Program to create an original production of Telling: Denver. The Telling Project is an opportunity for communities to build bridges between Veterans and civilians through the arts, deepening a shared understanding of the military and Veterans' experience, easing Veterans' transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. 

Interested in hearing more about the Telling Project?  Listen to an interview with our Executive Director, Stephanie Schooley, here.


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
----Viktor Frankl

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