'Ask a Vet' student veteran panel to take place virtually Nov. 11

November 09, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Student Veterans Organization and Penn State’s co-ed veteran fraternity, Omega Delta Sigma, will virtually host an “Ask a Vet” student veteran panel from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Attendees will hear from student veterans, who will discuss and answer questions about their Penn State experiences. The event will be streamed at watch.psu.edu/MAW/.

Erik Wilson, a Navy veteran and one of the student panelists, said Penn State has a great relationship with members of the military community.

“Penn State has done a wonderful job supporting military veterans, dependents and currently serving members,” he said. “I think that some people see larger schools as being less personable, but in my time here, I've had the exact opposite experience. Penn State has something to offer for everyone, no matter where your interests may lie.”

The student panelists (with military affiliation and major) are:

  • Calvin Firster (Air Force), enterprise risk management
  • Devon Francke (Army National Guard), secondary education  
  • Camilo Gomez (Marine Corps), nursing
  • Erik Wilson (Navy), biobehavioral health

Wilson said that although military students usually take a different path to college, they are still looking to be a part of the same community.

“We're here to learn, here to grow and here to reach the next level of our lives,” he said. “Being able to interact with everyone and answer questions allows us to foster a greater sense of understanding and show who we really are to the audience.”

More than 5,600 Penn State students use the GI Bill as either an active-duty service member, a reservist, veteran or military dependent, across all the University’s campuses, including Penn State World Campus.

Visit the Penn State Military Appreciation website for more information.

Last Updated July 12, 2021