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Veterans Services Center, UW Join Partnership to Further Assist Military Students


August 1, 2012 — The University of Wyoming Veterans Services Center and UW are partnering with 11 institutions across the country to help student veterans meet their education goals.

Participating in the “Got Your 6 Education Pillar Pledge” furthers UW’s association with the Pat Tillman Foundation, Student Veterans of America and Operation College Promise programs, says Marty Martinez, the UW Veterans Services Center’s new project coordinator.

“Got Your 6” is a campaign based on the premise that veterans and military families are civic assets and leaders who will reinvigorate communities. The campaign combines resources of the top American entertainment studios, networks, guilds and agencies with the expertise and commitment of more than two dozen non-profit organizations.

To set up military veterans for success in civilian life, the “Got Your 6” campaign focuses on the six pillars of reintegration: jobs, education, health, housing, family and leadership.

“Through the pledge, UW commits to initiating, sustaining and enhancing policies and programs to assist our student veterans in successfully meeting their education goals,” Martinez says. “UW President Tom Buchanan signed the pledge in July, but his, and the university’s commitment to veterans, has been long standing.”

A few years ago, a UW Veterans Services Task Force was developed to strengthen support and services to the many veterans returning to post-secondary education after they left the military.

“More than 500 military veterans are attending classes at UW, and whether they are separated, retired or still active members of the National Guard or reserve, many face certain obstacles to meeting their education goals,” Martinez says.

Those include being away from an education setting for a number of years, financial limitations, physical or psychological challenges and the adjustment from the structured military lifestyle to civilian student.

“UW has recognized these challenges and responded with policies and practices that assist our veterans from enrollment through graduation,” Martinez adds.

UW hired a fulltime Veterans Services Center project coordinator; waived the admissions application fee for veterans; and offered priority registration for veterans, which will be implemented next fall.

Other services offered include veteran specific housing considerations; student veteran orientation; UW Disability Student Services and University Counseling College programming focused toward veterans’ needs; educating faculty and staff about veterans concerns and issues; designating veteran scholarship opportunities; and fostering an environment of camaraderie, respect and conversation to enhance UW’s commitment to be recognized as a veteran-friendly institution.

Part of the first wave of more than 40 colleges and universities that have joined the Pat Tillman Foundation, UW is committed to heighten its support for current and future students who also are military veterans.

“Working together, the Pat Tillman Foundation and Student Veterans of America have selected a leading group of institutions that will make the commitment to the ‘Got Your 6’ education pillar, including the University of Wyoming,” says Chris Marvin, the program’s managing director. “Our mission is to ensure many more colleges and universities will join us in pledging to support our veterans, which will have a lasting and positive effect not only on campuses, but in communities all across the country.”

For more information about veteran services at UW, contact Martinez or any of the Veterans Services Center staff, at (307) 766-6908 or email uw-vets@uwyo.edu.

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