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Damon Vine

Director of Veteran Services

Damon M. Vine is a United States Navy Veteran of eight years. During his service, Damon deployed to the Persian Gulf on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and served overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom with Naval Special Warfare Group II. After his service, Damon enrolled at Tidewater Community College (TCC) and began working in the Center for Military and Veterans Education (CMVE) as a work-study. Soon after that, he was hired on as an instructor for the Communications Connectivity Technology Academy (CCTA) under the Military Contracts Program within the CMVE. He was then appointed as the Program Coordinator and managed four high visibility programs within the CMVE's Military Contract Programs Office. While working at the CMVE, Damon was admitted to Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, VA., where he majored in History with a minor in Latin.

Currently, Damon serves as the Director of Veterans Services at the University of Denver. He oversees the complete Veteran experience, from matriculation through alumni relations. He also serves as the Staff Advisor to the Student Veterans Association, and supervises the VA work study program. Damon is also heavily involved in the Colorado veteran community.  Since 2016, he's served as the Treasurer for the Colorado Advisory Council on Military Education.  This role allows him to both serve fellow Veterans at DU and have a state-wide impact on student-veteran achievement.

Veteran support specialists

Sam Hickey

Sam Hickey

Sam is an eight year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Throughout his tour of duty, he served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion-8th Marine Regiment-2nd Marine Division. He has also deployed to Sicily, Burundi, Senegal, and Norway in support of various global contingency operations. Sam started his college career while serving on active duty through American Military University.

Sam is pursuing a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Denver and plans to graduate in 2020. Upon graduation, Sam hopes to continue education by pursuing an Forensic Psychology at DU's Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

AmyAmy Smith

Amy served in the United States Army for five years. When her service ended, she continued working in Maryland from 2014 through 2018 as a contractor for the Army. Amy is currently pursuing a B.A. with double majors in International Studies and Russian. After graduation, she intends to enter a career in public diplomacy. Aside from school and work, she manages her own consulting business. In her free time, Amy likes to read, spend time with friends, and attend comedy shows in Denver in the relaxing company of a martini or two. Among her favorite things are guns, butterflies, and Letterkenny, all things that Winston Churchill, one of her favorite idols, loved.