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Record Military Enrollment at the Island University

November 11, 2013

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Veterans Day

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A record number of active duty military, veterans, and their dependents are currently enrolled at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

A total of 1,009 students, nearly 10 percent of the University’s student population, are categorized as military, which includes students who are enrolled in the ROTC Islander Battalion, are active duty service members, veterans, or military dependents.

“We are highly committed to supporting our veteran students and their families at the Island University,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “We want to honor the sacrifices they have made for our country by offering many programs and services that help ensure their success as students and members of this community.”  

Today (Monday, Nov. 11), the University honored those who have served, and continue to serve in the U.S. Military during the University’s annual Veterans Day Observance at the Hector P. Garcia Plaza. The program included speakers Dr. Flavius Killebrew, University President and CEO; Maj. Daniel Garcia from the ROTC Islander Battalion; and former Navy Lt. Amanda Najar, the newly-appointed Veterans Affairs Certification Officer at the University. The event also included the posting of the colors by the ROTC Islander Battalion Color Guard, laying of a wreath in the Garcia Plaza, the singing of the National Anthem, a performance from the Carroll High School Chorus, and a Toys for Tots kickoff.

Former U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Michael Bowman (E-4), who also spoke during the presentation, started as a student at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2007 and attended school here until 2010, when he was called to active duty. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, and returned to the Island University in spring 2012 to continue his education.

“The Veterans Affairs and Disability Services offices here at the University were a big help in making my transition back to student life easier,” said Bowman, a junior nursing major from Harlingen, Texas. “I am thankful for the help I received from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. I felt like I wasn’t alone.”

For the past five years, the University has been designated as “Military Friendly School” for 2014 by G.I. Jobs magazine. Colleges, universities and trade schools named as “Military Friendly” must rank in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide for efforts and results in recruiting and retaining military and veteran students to increase diversity among the student body, faculty, and staff.

The University is also leading the way for veterans through its eLine Military Nursing program (ELM), a one-of-a-kind program that gives college credit to members of the military and veterans for their medical experience in the service. The ELM program, which started in 2010 with a federal grant, has repeatedly been recognized by the White House and the Department of Defense for its unique mission to fill two critical needs in our nation: a shortage of nurses and civilian employment for military veterans.

In addition, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has adopted the Military Student Bill of Rights and is participating in the Service Members Opportunity Colleges, a consortium dedicated to helping service members and their families obtain college degrees. Also, the University’s Department of Veterans Affairs assists the newest generation of veterans with applying for educational benefits granted by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the largest investment in veterans’ education since World War II, which covers the full cost of an undergraduate education at any public university or college and many private schools.

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