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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
Janet Napolitano

The University of California on Monday announced the formation of an advisory group to help military veterans address specific issues and succeed in earning degrees.

The announcement by UC president Janet Napolitano came after she met Friday with military veteran representatives who are enrolled at each of the system’s 10 campuses and will form the initial membership of the new panel. Financial aid, campus life and housing are among the topics the advisory group will tackle and make recommendations about to Napolitano.

More than 1,300 veterans and about 100 active-duty military personnel are now enrolled at UC, officials said. Those numbers are expected to grow as more military enter civilian life after service in Iraq and Afghanistan and use their federal benefits to pay for tuition.