Over the past two years, the University of Memphis has worked diligently to make our campus an inviting environment for our military veterans. Soldiers returning from combat and deployment often face serious challenges while transitioning back to civilian life. In 2014, the University established the Veterans Resource Center which provides support services for veterans and military students, as well as space to study and socialize. Last summer the University was one of 11 colleges selected to receive the Veteran Reconnect Grant, a competitive award aimed at improving the success of veterans enrolled in Tennessee colleges and universities. The funding has enabled the UofM to establish a Student Veteran Support Team, provide dedicated internships for veterans and offer training to faculty and staff on the issues of specific concern to these students.
We are gratified that, as a result of our efforts to support military students and their families, the UofM has received the designation of "Military Friendly School" year after year by Victory Media. In the pages of our Fall 2016 magazine, several of our military students and alumni describe their experiences in their own words. Their stories are gripping, sometimes intense, and offer a glimpse into what military personnel encounter while in combat.
M. David Rudd
The University of Memphis