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Monday, November 16, 2009

By Ian Clark

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville earned a spot on G.I. Job’s list of military friendly schools, characterized by their efforts and successes in recruiting veteran students. G.I. Jobs, a website and magazine that helps current and former members of the military transition successfully into civilian life, formed the list which recognizes the top 15 percent of the most “military friendly” of the nation’s 7,000 schools. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond between them is their shared willingness to cater to the unique needs of military students.

The United States government has allocated tens of billions of dollars through the Post-9/11 GI Bill for educating America’s armed forces, providing monies paid directly to schools for tuition, a housing allowance, stipends for books, and other fees associated with higher education.

“Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “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. Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified.”

Cody Brigman, president of the UWP Veterans Club, while unaware of the new list by G.I. Jobs, was unsurprised. “This campus has a long standing relationship with veterans,” said Brigman. “The Registrar’s Office, which also functions as veterans liaisons, goes to bat for veterans time and again. It is through their dedicated service that many of us on campus are able to concentrate on school work rather than paperwork.”

Brigman also mentioned that many veterans joined their particular branch of service immediately after high school, and that ACT and SAT scores are something that most veterans don’t have before enrolling.

“When a vet leaves his or her branch, it can be at any given time of the year, which doesn’t always lend itself to jumping right into college, but the campus works with us so that we have the chance to get enrolled at our earliest convenience,” added Brigman.

Changes in environment and social structure are also significant issues veterans can have issues with as they begin college. However, UWP has a highly seasoned veteran community that aims to help those in need with these troublesome transitions, and help better acclimate veteran students with their new environment, according to Brigman.

For more information about the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill or other veteran-related questions, contact the Registrar’s Office at (608) 342-1321. To learn more about the UWP Veterans Club, contact Brigman at



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