UNR named a top military-friendly school
Monday, November 11, 2013 4:00 PM
RENO - The University of Nevada, Reno has been named a top military-friendly school by Military Advanced Education, a journal of higher learning for today's service members.
Military Advanced Education will publish its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities in its December issue. This honor is a result of the many veteran services offered at the university campus in support of service men and women who become students.
The university's Veteran Services administers VA Education Benefits, provides one-on-one consultations for student veterans struggling with academics and holds orientation specifically for veterans.
Veteran Services also works with the three student veteran groups on campus Wolf Pack Veterans/Student Veterans of America, Omega Delta Sigma (men and women's national fraternity) and the Nu Phi student organization. These partnerships and services bring awareness of veteran challenges to both the campus and larger community.
"This recognition as a top military-friendly school speaks to the university's commitment to provide exceptional resources for the success of our veteran students," University President Marc Johnson said. "Our veteran students offer diverse experiences to the University and we will continue to look for new and innovative ways to support them through higher education."
Caleb Cage, executive director of the Nevada Office of Veteran Services through the Office of Gov. Brian Sandoval said: "This is a wonderful achievement for the University of Nevada, Reno and it reflects its longstanding dedication to serving those students who have served their country. I have watched the university's efforts to serve student veterans grow tremendously throughout the last few years, and I am pleased to see that it has been selected for this prestigious award."
The Veteran Services Office provided services for more than 520 student veterans using the G.I. Bill last semester.
"The main goal of Veteran Services is to help our students integrate into higher education and be successful from term to term all the way to graduation," Terina Caserto, director of Veteran Services, said. "Our services also help students assimilate into larger society."
Two years ago, the university was granted the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership, VITAL, grant from the Veterans' Health Administration. The grant provides funding for a mental health clinician on the campus to work with veteran students to improve retention and graduation.
VITAL also directs students to local veteran affairs services outside of the University such as helping students find housing, signing up for healthcare benefits and counseling. The program also develops best practices and works with other veteran offices within the Nevada System of Higher Education.
"It adds the extra level of support to our University and other institutions that connects students with integration in the college system and in society," Caserto said.
Veteran Services partners with outside organizations like the Nevada National Guard, the Fallon Naval Air Station and the Reno VET Center to provide programming for student success. Last year, the Veteran Services Office helped with the Heroes to Hired event, which allowed students to network with potential employers and placed them into jobs around northern Nevada.
As part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, Nevada schools work together to provide similar types of programs. Many veteran students transfer between the schools and according to Caserto, it is important they don't get lost in the system.