Military presence and patriotism are evident at universities throughout the CSRA. And USC-Aiken is aiming to be the number one choice for service men and women transitioning back into civilian life. That's exactly what the school hopes to achieve through the new veterans student success center.
Robert Murphy, the program lead for USC-Aiken's Veterans Success Center says, "it's not just 'look what the school has done.' Tonight is about what the school is going to do in this legacy as I call it."
Murphy says USC Aiken, with the help of the Aiken Warrior Project is going to take care of veterans and their families. More than three thousand students call the university their academic home-- 200 of them veterans; each with a back story, each hoping to continue their education. The veteran student success center will aim to help veterans navigate their way to earning a degree by focusing on three core areas.
"Connecting veteran students to veteran students, we're also connecting veterans back to the community and then finally, what we're also doing, as you can see by the flags around this room is we're connecting these veterans back to their service components," Murphy explains.
Key points William Treacy, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, knows the importance of... He enrolled after returning from Afghanistan and says the program welcomed him with open arms.
"There are a lot of processes dealing with the V.A. As well as there's a lot of guys that get out of the military and don't know what they want to do with their lives. USC-A is reaching out to these guys and saying hey we have programs for you, we're catering to you, we're going to help you transition from being in the military to a civilian and we're gonna do it to where it's easiest for you," shares William Treacy, a retired Army service member.
Those arms brought in other veterans turned students.
Colin Schaufler, the Student Veterans Association President believes "it's an absolutely tremendous resource."
"It's just good to that there's different people that you can go directly to that you know that will help you," adds Elise Davis, a member of the Air Force Reserve.
Help and support the men and women who bravely defend our country deserve.
The center has officially been open to veterans for 60 days, but opened its doors to the public today inside the Gregg-Graniteville Library. For more information about center, contact Robert Murphy at (903) 641-3582 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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