Veterans seeking a hospitable learning environment need look no further than UC Riverside, which was named among the top 20 percent of campuses throughout the country recognized for being "military friendly."
"UCR is well known for its long history of service and support to veterans, active-duty military and military families," said Chryssa Jones, veterans services coordinator in UCR Student Special Services. "These men and women have given so much of themselves to support this country, and it is important that we give something back."
Victory Media, which publishes the annual "Guide to Military Friendly Schools," will include UCR in its front-page listings when the booklet is released later this month.
"Inclusion on the 2014 list of 'Military Friendly Schools' shows UC Riverside's commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students," said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year U.S. Navy veteran. "The need for education is growing, and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools."
Some of the reasons why UCR earned the honor include:
-- last year's opening of the Veteran Student Lounge, where current and former service members can socialize and study together on campus;
-- the university's participation in the Inland Empire Veterans Education Collaborative, a task force focused on finding ways of improving educational resources for vets; and
-- the UCR Career Center's "Operation VETS" -- Veteran Employment Transition Success -- a program designed to assist students with military backgrounds with job placement, including polishing their interview skills and resumes.
Balreet Khaira, an Army reservist and senior business economics major, said the on-campus offerings for military personnel have made a difference in his educational success.
"The veterans lounge was a great surprise," Khaira said. "It has become our personal get away from the busy college life. I am so glad I transferred into a school that takes great care of its veterans." --City News Service