AMU Launches Comprehensive Virtual Veterans Center to Support Military and Veteran Students
Charles Town, W.Va., September 24, 2013 – American Military University (AMU) today announced the launch of the Virtual Veterans Center (VVC), an online information resource, repository of support services, and gathering place for the university’s large population of veteran and active-duty students and alumni. The VVC became available as a pilot in June and is available to all students and alumni.
The VVC is accessed through the university’s private online student center, The Quad. It provides users with branch-specific discussion boards, career services, academic advising, Student Veterans of America chapter information, and a range of other resources.
“The Virtual Veterans Center provides our student and alumni veterans with direct access to resources, tools, and peer support to help enhance their academic and professional experience. They have served our nation and now it's time for us to serve them,” said Carolyn Todaro, director, student and alumni affairs.
The resource was developed to help military and veteran students academically, professionally, and to personally engage with their peers. Among the resources in the VVC are several videos of military-affiliated students talking about their experiences with the university and encouraging others to pursue their education goals. All of the branch discussion boards are already active with introductions and postings.
“AMU has long been known as one of the leading military- and veteran-friendly institutions in America and as the top provider of education to our servicemen and women. This is one additional means of demonstrating our ongoing commitment to educating those who serve,” said George Vukovich, associate vice president, veteran community relations. “We know that our students have shared experiences and challenges. By giving them this opportunity to connect with each other and with AMU staff members who are here to serve them, we know we will improve their overall academic experience.”
VVC features are expected to grow as students and alumni offer feedback and suggestions. The site also offers extensive links to external resources for veterans in several categories, including disability services, family services, personal support, veteran centers, veteran discounts, career information, veteran benefits, tuition assistance, and armed forces websites.
View “Empowering our Nation's Veterans with Education” for more information about how AMU serves active duty and veteran students.