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Focus: HOPE receives veteran friendly ranking from MVAA for 2016-2017

Sep 16
Focus: HOPE receives veteran friendly ranking from MVAA for 2016-2017


We are excited to announce that we have earned a silver-level status from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for our commitment to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to student veterans. Sixty-five colleges and universities recently also earned bronze-, silver- or gold-level statuses. View the full press release here. ​

The Veteran-Friendly school-program, created by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, recognizes institutions of higher learning for their dedication to student veterans and dependents utilizing their GI Bill and other educational benefits. This is the program’s second year; last year 57 schools were ranked. 

“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.” Said MVAA Director, James Robert Redford. 

Some of the criteria schools were ranked on included having an active student-operated veterans club or association; veteran specific career services or advising; on-campus veteran’s coordinator and awarding credit based on prior military training and experience. Information about the criteria each school met to achieve its ranking is available at MichiganVeterans.com/vetfriendlyschools. 

“These rankings make it simple for veterans and their dependents to identify Michigan schools committed to helping them succeed,” Redford said. “Veterans will also know exactly what services are available to them when they walk onto campus.” 

The veteran-friendly designation is available to any higher learning eligible to receive veteran education benefits, regardless of size, location or program delivery. Institutions apply annually for a designation, with an application and review process conducted every spring semester. 

Are you a veteran or know a veteran? Are you aware of services and programs for veterans? Do you have questions about where to start looking or need to obtain military records? We are excited to be here to help! Contact Angela Winters, Focus: HOPE AmeriCorps Veteran Resource Navigator, at (313) 494-4397 for all questions. AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.  Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency.