Growing Student Veteran Community

MANGILAO, Guam-Sept 29, 2017-President of the University of Guam Student Veteran Organization, Raymond Shinohara, is a former Marine with a mission to help other veterans succeed at the University of Guam. Shinohara’s military and post military experiences led him down a path that shaped his determination to being a leader and helping out the veteran community. Recently taking the role as the president of the UOGSVO, he  aims to bring any and all vets together to form a tight knit community of individuals that know that failure is not an option.

Shinohara served 11 years in the U.S. Marines. He was deployed eight times, and he felt each deployment took away from the time he could’ve spent with his family. As such, he made the choice to leave the military.

Shinohara said it was a struggle adjusting to civilian life. He proceeded to seek out the services of the Department of Veterans Affairs office located in Tiyan. There, he found direction in work that aims to helping veterans at building structure through farming, which led him to decide on pursuing a degree in agriculture at UOG.

Shinohara’s experiences with the VA gave him a good understanding of what other vets need to be aware of when using its services.

Shinohara explains that he recently changed majors to one more fitting to his passion of helping people.

“I’m doing social work now,” he said. “It’s worked out to my benefit because I can use what I learned from the agriculture area to help affect other people with this concept of horticulture therapy.”

The move to UOG’s social work degree program allowed for Shinohara to find more opportunities to help vets.

Shinohara is not only the president of the UOGSVO, but that he is a critical member to other organizations that seek to help out veterans.

Green Valor is another organization that Shinohara is a part of that teaches vets farming and horticulture skills as a method of coping for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Shinohara explains that as long as one served a single day in the military, one will be considered a vet to the UOGSVO and that you can join.

If you wish to find out more information on either the UOGSVO, or Green Valor you can contact Raymond Shinohara at 486-1264

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