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We cordially invite you to participate in the 2018 Veterans Resource Center Summit at the Inn of the Mountain Gods

More than one million military veterans and their families are taking advantage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill® to attend college. The federal law has encouraged thousands of veterans to pursue higher education, and more are enrolled in postsecondary education than ever before.  However, veterans still face challenges on campuses across the country. These challenges can range from a lack of camaraderie and understanding among other students and faculty, difficulty obtaining credit for military training and experiences, or state residency requirements. These obstacles can prevent veterans from returning to school or make it more difficult for them to finish their degree.

A Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is a powerful way to assist those who defend our country and help them transition successfully to college once they return home. From applying for GI Bill® benefits to veterans-only classes and veteran-to-veteran mentoring programs, a VRC plays an important role in the future of a community’s veteran population. In the fall of 2011, Operation College Promise (OCP) teamed up with the Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) to begin a process of assessing student veterans’ progress toward degree attainment. The results in the pilot study highlighted that military affiliated students were excelling on campuses with basic support services, such as services provided by a VRC (W. Lang, B. Harriett, & M. Cadet [2013]. Completing the Mission II: A Study of Veteran Students’ Progress Toward Degree Attainment in the Post 9/11 Era.).

The Veteran Resource Center Summit will show you how to create a Veterans Resource Center (VRC) on your campus: how to staff it, how to get your local veteran community to help run it, and most importantly, how to fund it. We will show the financial and human impact that these centers have had on campuses and communities. ENMU Ruidoso is sponsoring this event, in collaboration with the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, public Colleges and Universities, and community partners. We hope to see you at this event. Together we can help colleges, universities create VRCs to support military service members, veterans, and their families succeed academically and make a positive impact to economic growth in New Mexico.

Inn of the Mountain Gods • Thursday, May 31, 2018

Please register by using link:
New Mexico Veterans Resource Center Summit


Marilyn (Mandy) Dykman, MA, LMHC, NCC, USCG Ret.
Veterans’ Education Transition Director
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New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services
5201 Eagle Rock Ave NE, Suite 1A
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Direct # 505-383-2418 • Cell # 505-238-6300