With support from the Teagle Foundation, AKC Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Clemente has expanded its model to serve returning veterans -- a particularly high-risk group of citizens. Over the next five years, a million veterans will return from deployment overseas. Many of these individuals are afraid to enroll in more traditional educational programs. Some fear they will fail and lose their educational benefits from the Veterans Administration, while others struggle to reintegrate into civilian life and to reclaim their roles within their families.
The Clemente Veterans Courses draw upon the study of humanities to support American servicemen and women. They are designed to emphasize content that appeals to military and veteran culture, while at the same time offering them new paradigms for community service and civic engagement.