A new task force at Indiana University aims to increase graduation rates of student veterans and offer specialized support for them on campus. Task Force Hoosier is part of a larger three-year initiative called Operation Hoosier Promise that works out of the Center for Veteran and Military Students, which opened in November.  

Currently, spring enrollment for IU’s Bloomington campus includes 538 student veterans. The university says an additional 600 military-connected students including service members, military spouses and children, and ROTC cadets could benefit from the task force.

Task Force Hoosier hopes to offer services to develop productive relationships between students and faculty, give campus wide support and reduce barriers.

"It’s everything from the GI Bill and residency requirements to things like on-campus housing and understanding and using office hours," John Summerlot, director of the Center for Veteran and Military Students, said in a news release.