Scherer said one of his goals is to get student
veterans to branch out of their own community and participate in
broader campus activities. He said experiencing campus life helped
him at San Diego State University, where he earned a bachelor's
degree in political science.
“When I was an undergraduate, I was involved in Greek
life,” he said. “That was a big part of my college experience and,
because of that, I understand that we have all of these avenues
available on campus.”
The center is currently surveying student veterans and
their families to learn more about them. Scherer said they also
provide training for faculty, upon request, about the challenges
student veterans face. More than 400 student veterans are enrolled
this year, up slightly over last year's number.
Scherer was a student veteran himself after he was
medically discharged from the Army. “September 11 happened and I
wanted to go right into the military,” he said.
His family convinced him to finish college before
deciding on a career. Scherer said he realized after graduating that
he wanted to make the military a career. He planned to attend
officer school after his first deployment, but 11 days before his
deployment would end, his base in
Nuristan Province, Afghanistan,
He sustained severe head injuries and spent more than a
year recovering. Scherer said he was disappointed about having to
retire. That's when he and his wife decided to move to Michigan.
While in his graduate program, Scherer said he got
involved with the Military and Veteran Resource Center.
“They were the first ones who made me feel that I am a
student veteran, and that was important to me,” said Scherer.
Samantha Drougel is a student writer for University
Communications. Drougel is from Monroe and is a double major in film
and video production, and journalism, broadcasting and digital media.