Happy Veterans Day!
As we honor the men and women who have selflessly served our country, it’s important to recognize the important role of colleges and universities when it comes to serving veterans, active service-members and their families. AICUM is proud of the efforts so many of our members have undertaken to do their part.
Today, Northeastern University opened its Center for Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers, which will offer a wealth of services and benefits to student veterans. Through the center, veteran students will engage in tailored experiential learning programs and career resources that leverage their unique competencies and military experiences. At the same time, veteran students will be exposed to mentorship opportunities and provided assistance as they transition to civilian life.
This month, Endicott College launched the VITAL partnership, recognizing that veterans face unique challenges in transitioning from service-member to student. Through this program, students receive counseling, mentors and tutors, and support with time management, organization, study skills and more. They are also enrolled in the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center and offered assistance with obtaining veterans’ benefits and vocational rehabilitation.
Also launched this fall at Gordon College’s Children of Fallen Patriots scholarship offered to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Connecting with military families is also a top goal at Wheelock College, which established the Wheelock Center of Excellence for Military Children and Families in collaboration with the Massachusetts National Guard and the Military Child Education Coalition® to connect military families with available resources. The college is also in its second year of offering a certificate in military counseling.
The Emerson College community is out and about in Boston on Veterans Day, lending a helping hand as part of its Emerson Action Day. From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., staff, faculty and students are volunteering at a number of sites including the Haley House, Citizen Schools and ReVision Urban Farm, among others.
These are only a few of the impressive efforts launched by our members across Massachusetts. We are proud of the commitment these institutions have shown to not only helping their communities, but helping those who have served our country.
Happy Veterans Day from AICUM and its members, and thank you for your service!