Veterans helping other veterans: acts of citizenship that smooth transition home

Steve Biorn, an Iraq war veteran and student at the University of Minnesota, says a helpful part of his transition home was helping other veterans. He became an officer with the student-led Veterans Transition Center and has been a "go-to guy" in the Warrior to Citizen Campaign, helping organize a study circle for veterans where they can discuss issues among themselves, laying the groundwork for a program that would pair veterans as mentors with troubled youth, and working with a high school Public Achievement team to organize a Veteran's Day 2008 event at St. Bernard's School in St. Paul.

"He's passionate about citizen engagement and other veterans transitioning smoothly," says Dennis Donovan, who worked with Biorn through an independent study course at the University of Minnesota this spring.

Read an interview with Biorn in the May 8, 2008, Minnesota Daily.

The Warrior to Citizen Campaign is a non-partisan collaborative of individuals and organizations in Minnesota engaging at the community level to ease reintegration of returning veterans into civilian society and to enlist their skills and experience in strengthening community life.

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs