Denver, CO,
08:05 AM

Marine Veteran Feels at Home on DU Campus

As a former Marine, Daniel Janosko is a firm believer in the power of teamwork. That’s why the senior geography major was glad to find a work-study position as equipment manager for the DU men’s hockey team.

“Being in a team atmosphere is really beneficial,” says Janosko, who is behind an effort to get more DU veterans to work with athletics teams. “Who understands teamwork better than a bunch of guys who served?”

Like other veterans at DU, Janosko is attending on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which pays his college expenses for 36 months. After that he’ll be funded by the Yellow Ribbon Program, an initiative in which the Department of Veterans Affairs matches financial aid contributions by the participating university. DU increased its Yellow Ribbon funding earlier this year.

Janosko has found a sense of community on campus with other military veterans. He helped get DU’s Student Veterans Association off the ground, and Veterans Services coordinator Damon Vine has helped with the transition to the world of higher education.

“Having Damon there to say, ‘This is what you need to expect; this is what you need to do’ has been really beneficial,” says Janosko, who transferred to DU from Front Range Community College. “Those resources are paramount for any school.”