Published: Aug. 26, 2016

MSU named veteran-friendly school

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Michigan State University has earned gold status in the Veteran-Friendly School program.

Created by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, the program recognizes institutions of higher learning for their dedication to student veterans and dependents using their GI Bill and other educational benefits.

“We had outstanding applicants, with more than half of this year’s veteran-friendly schools achieving a gold-level designation,” MVAA Director James Robert Redford said. “These colleges and universities have proven their dedication to the men and women who have served their country by ensuring they succeed in achieving their educational goals.”

Overall, 44 schools were awarded gold; 17 earned silver and four received bronze.

Schools that have an active student-operated veterans club or association; veteran-specific career services or advising; an on-campus veteran’s coordinator; and award credit based on prior military training and experience are considered veteran friendly.

MSU participates in the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative and operates a Student Veterans Resource Center, staffed by Sarah Mellon, veteran resource representative.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency honored MSU for its commitment to student veterans. Pictured left to right: James Redford, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency director; Nick Babcock, MSU alumnus and former MSU Student Veterans of America chapter president; Sarah Mellon; Traci Gulick, MSU associate registrar; and Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access director.