CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A record number of active duty military, veterans, and their dependents are currently enrolled at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
A total of 1,223 students, nearly 11 percent of the University’s student population, are categorized as military, which includes students who are enrolled in the ROTC Islander Battalion, active duty service members, veterans, or military dependents.
“This is a special time when we can honor our veteran students for all the sacrifices they have made for our country,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “The Island University has always been highly- committed to supporting student veterans and their families by providing top programs and services to help ensure their success as students and members of our community.”
Today (Tuesday, Nov. 11), the University honored those who have served, and continue to serve in the U.S. Military during the University’s annual Veterans Day Observance at the Hector P. Garcia Plaza. The program included speakers Dr. Flavius Killebrew, University President and CEO, and Christopher Herod, Student Veteran Organization President. The event also included the posting of the colors by the ROTC Islander Battalion Color Guard, the laying of a wreath in the Garcia Plaza, and the singing of the National Anthem.
For the past six years, the University has been designated as “Military Friendly School” for 2015 by G.I. Jobs magazine. Colleges, universities and trade schools named as “Military Friendly” must rank in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide for efforts and results in recruiting and retaining military and veteran students to increase diversity among the student body, faculty, and staff.
The University is also leading the way for veterans through its eLine Military Nursing program (ELM), a one-of-a-kind program that gives college credit to members of the military and veterans for their medical experience in the service. The ELM program, which started in 2010 with a federal grant, has repeatedly been recognized by the White House and the Department of Defense for its unique mission to fill two critical needs in our nation: a shortage of nurses and civilian employment for military veterans.
In addition, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has adopted the Military Student Bill of Rights and is participating in the Service Members Opportunity Colleges, a consortium dedicated to helping service members and their families obtain college degrees.
The University’s Department of Veterans Affairs assists the newest generation of veterans with applying for educational benefits granted by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the largest investment in veterans’ education since World War II, which covers the full cost of an undergraduate education at any public university or college and many private schools.