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MSU named a 'military friendly school' for 2010 by G.I. Jobs magazine

August 17, 2009 -- By Michael Becker, MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- G.I. Jobs magazine has named Montana State University as one of its "Military Friendly Schools" for 2010 in recognition of the work MSU does to support student veterans.

MSU will be included on the magazine's list of Military Friendly Schools, which will be published in September. The list named the top 15 percent of more than 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools with programs that support veterans, the magazine said in a statement.

"We're honored that G.I. Jobs chose to include MSU on the list," said Brenda York, director of MSU's Office of Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services. "We're proud of our work supporting student veterans and hope that we can help even more of them attend MSU in the future."

York's office helps student veterans coordinate their finances and get the the support they need at MSU. That includes working with GI Bill funding and the Yellow Ribbon program, a federal initiative to help eligible veterans pay tuition costs not covered by the GI Bill. York's office also helps veterans with other issues, such as housing and employment.

Along with being named to the list, G.I. Jobs presented the veteran services office with a plaque in mid-July. In September, the list and an accompanying poster will be delivered to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel.

"This list is especially important now because the recently enacted Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school," said Rich McCormack, publisher of G.I. Jobs. "Schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend."

The 2010 list was compiled through a poll of more than 7,000 schools by a committee of educators and college administrators from across the country. Criteria for the list included efforts to recruit and keep military and veteran students, recruiting results and academic accreditation.

Related Stories

"MSU becomes part of Yellow Ribbon program to help student veterans," July 16, 2009 -- http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=7326

"MSU staffer's work on behalf of veterans earns her a seat at President Obama's town hall meeting on Friday," Aug. 13, 2009 -- http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=7388

Contact: Brenda York at 406-994-2824 or byork@montana.edu