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MSU named a 'military friendly school' for 2011 by G.I. Jobs magazine

November 3, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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G.I. Jobs magazine has named Montana State University as one of its "Military Friendly Schools" for 2011 in recognition of the work MSU does to support student veterans. This is the second year MSU has received the honor.

MSU will be included on the magazine's list of Military Friendly Schools. The list names 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 to have been chosen by G.I. Jobs for two years in a row," said Brenda York, director of MSU's Office of Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services. "Student veterans are an important part of our campus and we're working hard to help them succeed."

York's office helps student veterans coordinate their finances and get 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.

The list and an accompanying poster were delivered to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel this fall.

"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 2011 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.

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