We all agree that veterans have given so much to our country, and now the IFC at FSU is starting the process of giving something back to them: free membership in fraternities. To start the process, the FSU Interfraternity Council voted earlier this month to waive the dues that are typically paid to the council by fraternity members for veterans in the campus’ chapters.
Sam Antoury, VP of Public Relations for the IFC at FSU, told FSUNews.com that this was an important initiative for the council. “IFC wanted to change because we recognize everything our veterans have sacrificed while serving our country and the struggles many of them face in college.”
The council is hoping that the move will encourage the chapters on campus to follow suit and also waive chapter dues for service members, as the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has been doing since 2011. While this will take some creative budgeting on the part of the chapters, it’s worth it when you read what one veteran said about how fraternity membership has been extremely important in helping him re-adjust to civilian life, and life on campus.
According to FSUNews.com, Tripp Davis is a sophomore at FSU, majoring in physics. A former U.S. Army Infantryman, he is currently serving in the National Guard and recently returned from deployment overseas.
He told the site:
“One of my biggest problems is getting used to the lack of brotherhood at FSU that is so common in the military, especially among combat arms jobs. I’ve discovered that the two best ways to fix this feeling are to either join a sports team or a fraternity, so by making fraternity fees free or discounted, you have just taken steps to integrate veterans back into a normal, fun civilian life.”
He continues, “I think a veteran in a fraternity will definitely feel a renewed sense of purpose because they will have functions to attend, and people who will look up to them for leadership roles. I have always been a huge advocate for veterans getting involved in things like this.”
Props to the FSU IFC for taking this step to help our veterans feel at home on campus. Here’s hoping other campuses follow suit..