September 16, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The Texas A&M University System’s third annual Military Friendly Symposium will include a tour of Fort Hood as part of its acclaimed networking of veterans services providers this year as it convenes Sept. 28-30 at the campus of Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen.
The symposium, a part of the A&M System’s Project Military Friendly, brings together about 120 experts and supporters of veterans services from its 11 universities, seven state agencies and health science center. Veterans service providers also attend from campuses around the state, as well as from state and federal agencies, including the Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Workforce Commission, State Department of Health Services, and the Veterans Administration. Topics at symposium sessions range from updates in VA certification requirements for the GI Bill to building campus veterans organizations and providing information on health and counseling related to combat-related injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
“This is a signature event hosted by the A&M System. It allows the networking and sharing of information among a variety of Texas universities and agencies that have a real impact on the lives and careers of our students,” said A&M chancellor John Sharp, who received his commission as a second lieutenant through the university’s Corps of Cadets program at Texas A&M University.
Speakers at the symposium include Dr. Kathryn Kotrla, vice dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine at Round Rock, and founder of TexVet, a multi-agency resource service for all veterans, on the mission of creating a holistic approach to veterans services. Allen Grundy, program director of veterans services at the University of Houston, and a consultant on veterans programs, will host a concluding interactive panel on creating “military friendly” institutions.
Thursday morning, symposium guests will be given a tour of facilities at Fort Hood, including the numerous educational programs available to soldiers and their families on the post.
The A&M System has a long history of support of the military and veterans, and in the past two years has more than doubled its enrollment of veterans and dependents, to more than 6,200 students, with further increases anticipated. In July, the A&M System created a new Veterans Support Office to coordinate and enhance its services to veterans in the system and around the state.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $772 million and help drive the state’s economy.
Contact: Rod Davis