Weber State Veterans Services Ranks No. 2 in Nation as ‘Best for Vets'
According to a new survey from Military Times, Weber State University ranks No. 2 in the nation for veteran students.
More than 300 schools across the country participated in the “Best For Vets: College” survey, which included 70 questions about each college’s costs, programs, policies and services that impact military-connected students. Weber State is the only Utah college in the Top 10.
“It’s the support we get from the university and its Military Outreach for Veterans Education (MOVE) committee, and it is the teamwork we have in the Veterans Services office,” explained Charles Chandler, WSU Veterans Services director. “You put those two together, and it’s a catalyst for making sure that veterans are taken care of here at the university because the transition from being in the military into higher education is daunting.”
In 2020, 1,275 students received some type of benefit through Weber State’s Veterans Services.
WSU Veterans Services helps students excel at the university with assistance such as certifying educational benefits for veterans, supporting classroom success and nurturing veterans along the way, so they complete their desired degree or certificate. In addition, the WSU Davis campus in Layton has a dedicated full-time School Certifying Official and tutoring services through Veterans Upward Bound. Veterans are able to receive tutoring, ask for help and hang out or study in the lounge.
Adam Darby is the president of the Student Veterans of America chapter. He served four years on active duty as a Specialist in the Army stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado. He is now a senior pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology.
“I can say with confidence that my experience as a veteran student has been positive,” Darby said. “I have made some good working relations with not only my professors but also different departments across campus that I interact with as well.”
Darby is also a peer mentor for the Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership (VITAL) program, which helps veteran students get mental health treatment for stress, anger, depression, anxiety, sleep problems and PTSD. It also offers academic peer mentoring and referrals to services on and off campus.
VITAL coordinator Robert Brito said, Weber State does whatever it takes to help pave the way for those who have done so much for the country.
“We care,” Brito said. “We all care. Our customer is the veteran student. Students come first, and helping them through the process, working through road blocks is how we help them succeed.”
For more information about the Veterans Services office, visit weber.edu/veterans.
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