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WKU signs pledge to support student veterans through Got Your 6 program

WKU has signed a pledge to support the Education pillar of Got Your 6 by offering supportive veteran-specific resources, programs and policies by June 2013. 

Got Your 6 is a movement led by a consortium of major film and television studios, broadcast and cable television networks, talent agencies, and guilds that are united in changing the conversation in America with regards to veterans and military families.

WKU is part of the first wave of more than 40 colleges and universities committed to heighten their support for current and future students who are also military veterans. Joining the Pat Tillman Foundation as major partners, Student Veterans of America and Operation College Promise are working together to offer peer support for veterans as they strive towards their higher education objectives.

In order to set up military veterans for success in civilian life, the Got Your 6 campaign focuses on the six pillars of reintegration: Jobs, Education, Health, Housing, Family and Leadership. For each of the six pillars, a group of expert activation partners establish a concrete set of tangible goals that can be identified, measured, and reported in quantifiable terms.  Activation partners develop a plan to track progress toward the goals, establish a method to engage the general public, and formulate a strategy to utilize the resources of the campaign.

The Got Your 6 Education Pillar: Transitioning through Education – works in coordination with Student Veterans of America, the Pat Tillman Foundation, and other partners to collect pledges from 500 colleges and universities and offer supportive veteran-specific resources, programs and policies by June 2014.

“Working together, the Pat Tillman Foundation and Student Veterans of America have selected a leading group of institutions that will make the commitment to the Got Your 6 education pillar, including Western Kentucky University,” said Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6. “It is our mission to ensure many more colleges and universities will join us in pledging to support our veterans which will have a lasting and positive effect not only on campuses, but in communities all across the country.”

WKU was formally introduced at a launch of the Got Your 6 campaign’s Education Pillar in the Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University on July 24.

Pat Tillman Foundation President and Co-Founder Marie Tillman hosted the launch event, which included a reception sponsored by Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, and a program outlining the details of the initiative. The event served as the formal kickoff to the Education Pillar of the Got Your 6 campaign that was launched in May 2012. Collectively, the Pat Tillman Foundation, Student Veterans of America and Operation College Promise will collect pledges from 500 colleges and universities that commit to providing resources, programs and policies to support their student veteran population.

About Got Your 6: Got Your 6 is a campaign designed to change the conversation in America such that veterans and military families are seen as civic assets and leaders who will reinvigorate our community. The campaign combines the reach and resources of the top American entertainment studios, networks, guilds and agencies with the expertise and commitment of more than two dozen non-profit organizations. Through an extensive media footprint and a set of substantial service commitments, Got Your 6 will ensure successful reintegration of veterans into civilian life. For more information, visit www.gotyour6.org. ServiceNation is the organizing body and fiduciary agent for Got Your 6. The campaign is managed by Propper Daley.

About the Pat Tillman Foundation: Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat’s legacy and pay tribute to his commitment to leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation is a national leader in providing educational support and resources to veterans, active servicemembers and their spouses. Inspired by Pat’s attributes of leadership, passion for education and spirit of service, the Foundation annually awards educational scholarships through the Tillman Military Scholars program. Since the Foundation’s inception, over $5 million in educational support has been invested in individuals committed to a life of service both in an out of uniform, including over $3.2 million awarded to 230 Tillman Military Scholars nationwide. For more information, visit www.pattillmanfoundation.org.

About SVA: Student Veterans of America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit coalition of student veteran organizations on more than 550 college campuses globally. Each chapter, run by and for student veterans, provides a critical peer-support network that has been linked to improved academic success. The local chapter is essential to accomplishing SVA’s mission, which is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. For more about WKU’s chapter, visit http://www.wku.edu/sva/.

About Operation College Promise: Operation College Promise (OCP)is a national policy, research and education program based in Trenton, New Jersey, which supports the transition and postsecondary advancement of our nation’s veterans.   The program’s mission is to support student veterans “To, Through and Beyond” the attainment of their higher education objectives.  Founded in 2008 as a web-based resource, the project was initiated by the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) to centralize transition information for servicemembers on a comprehensive website.  Today, the program has reached more than 300 institutions in 25 states through its signature training – the Certificate for Veterans’ Service Providers (CVSP) program and is a national leader in research efforts on student veterans’ progress toward degree and employment, as well as in the development of innovative degree plans for military students.  For more information, visit: www.OperationCollegePromise.com.

WKU is proud to serve our military, veterans, and their families.  For information, visit www.wku.edu/veterans. For information on WKU’s Student Veterans of America chapter, contact Danielle Adams at student.veterans@wku.edu or visit http://www.wku.edu/sva

Contact: Tonya Archey, (270) 745-5837.

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