BRYAN/COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Student Veterans of America has recognized The Texas A&M University System’s commitment to veterans with The William Pearson Tolley Champion for Veterans in Higher Education Award.
“Texas A&M and the ten regional universities in The Texas A&M University System are committed to serving veterans because it’s the right thing to do,” said Chancellor John Sharp. “But it is certainly an honor to be recognized by the top student veterans’ organization in the nation for our efforts.”
Leaders of Student Veterans of America singled out the A&M System’s Office of Veteran & Military Services for the honor at their national conference.
“Established in 2011 by the Board of Regents, the Office of Veteran and Military Services within the Texas A&M University System plays a pivotal role in fostering a supportive environment for military-affiliated students across the System’s campuses,” Student Veterans of America said in an announcement. “It is fully staffed and operates at the System level, exemplifying a strong commitment to the success of student veterans.”
Monteigne S. Long, associate director of the Office of Veteran and Military Services, says her office serves 4,282 veterans and 7,534 dependent family members attending the 11 universities in The Texas A&M University System.
“Texas A&M and the A&M System have a proud history of service to our nation,” Long said. “We see it as our duty to help veterans succeed.”
The Office of Veteran and Military Services provides leadership, guidance and coordination of services and support for military-affiliated students within the Texas A&M University System. Formed in 2011 by the Board of Regents, the Office of Veteran and Military Services is a continuation of the System’s “Project Military Friendly.”
About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $7.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the Texas A&M System educates more than 153,000 students and makes more than 23 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and help drive the state’s economy.
Contact: Monteigne S. Long
Office of Veteran & Military Services