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More than 1,000 Veterans and Active Duty Military Members Attend UNLV
Campus News  |  Oct 2, 2012  |  By Afsha Bawany
Media Contact: Afsha Bawany, UNLV Office of Media Relations, (702) 895-5515
(Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)

UNLV was named a military friendly school for the third straight year by G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools List honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses.

The list includes a survey of more than 3,000 student veterans from schools approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs who provided feedback on their college experiences.

UNLV is home to an estimated 1,100 student veterans and active duty military members. Of this, nearly 800 have received tuition benefits from the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.

The Office of Veterans Services at UNLV helps student veterans, active duty military members and their families successfully navigate the academic and administrative pathways of a college education. The office helps students process their G.I. Bill and advises the UNLV Student Veterans Organization (SVO).

"Thousands of veterans will be returning from serving in the military in the next few years and it is our job to ensure veterans have the resources they need to make sure the transition to civilian life and college is a smooth one," said Ross Bryant, director of UNLV Veteran Services and a veteran who served in the Army for 24 years. "Whether students are entering school after a long absence or entering for the first time, it's imperative they have a place to go to on campus where they can relate to people who have been in their shoes. We're here to help students with their academic and career goals, and provide emotional support."

The SVO plans a run/walk event at UNLV Nov. 7 in remembrance of fallen veterans and the men and women currently serving. A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the site of the veterans memorial at UNLV at 9 a.m. Nov. 7.

The colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans' clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2013 list was compiled through research and a survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country.

About G.I. Jobs

G.I. Jobs is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation's "Military Friendly Employers," "Military Spouse Friendly Employers" and "Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses."