CSUF VET NET Ally Program


The VET NET Ally program was developed and presented as a four-hour seminar by the Director of Veterans Services, Dr. Marshall Thomas; the former-director of Veterans Services, Mr. Patrick O’Rourke; and staff psychologist from the university office of Counseling and Psychological Services, Dr. Michael Barraza.  Each member of the development and presentation team presents modules that provide information or experience in one of four major theme areas: program purpose, policies and procedures related to veterans in higher education, military and post-military culture and transition, and personal identity issues associated with status as a service member or veteran. 

To make the information accessible to participants and to create a logical flow of information and experience, the modules are organized in a manner that follows the path of veterans choosing military service, transitioning into the service, becoming acculturated to a military lifestyle, exiting the service, transitioning back to civilian life, and becoming a student. 

The seminar culminates in a panel of student veterans who are asked questions by the seminar presenters and participants. 



  • Establish a network of visible allies to provide support, information, and assistance for service members and veterans;
  • Provide service members and veterans with comfortable access to trustworthy, knowledgeable, and sensitive people who can provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment;
  • Provide an opportunity for CSUF faculty and staff to demonstrate support for service members and veterans;
  • Provide all students on campus an opportunity to respond to instances of discrimination or harassment based on perceived or self-reported status as a service member or veteran;
  • Educate members of the university community about the needs and concerns of service members and veterans;
  • Assist university personnel in understanding that discrimination based on status as a service member or veteran is harmful to the campus environment for all;
  • Foster a campus atmosphere that supports the academic freedom and professional, personal and social success of service members and veterans;
  • Advance the university’s progress towards a campus that discourages discrimination and openly celebrates diversity. 


  1. Introduction
  2. Overview
  3. Veterans by the Numbers
  4. Why We Joined
  5. Military 101
  6. Break
  7. Student Veterans in Higher Education
  8. How are We Helping Veterans
  9. Situational Awareness
  10. Student Panel
  11. Being an Ally


Fall 2019 Dates:

  • TBD

students at vet net ally panel Want to participate in our student panel?

Contact us at veterans@fullerton.edu.

csuf vetnet ally sticker

Upon completing the seminar, you will become a VET NET Ally and receive your VET NET Ally sticker to show support for our student veterans.