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MTSU Becomes First Vet Success University in Tennessee

Military veterans soon will be receiving a career and vocational boost with the assistance of the US Department of Veterans Affairs and MTSU. The VA and MTSU are entering into a partnership called VetSuccess on Campus. MTSU will become the first university in Tennessee and one of only 16 nationwide to be a part of VetSuccess. MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Travis Kraft, acting director of the Veterans Affairs Nashville Regional office, signed a formal memorandum of understanding on Tuesday, March 13, at 1 pm in the Sam Ingram Building’s first-floor conference room. “Our mutual goal is to ease the transition of veterans from combat to campus,” McPhee said. “We will work together to provide veterans a more supportive campus environment and easier access to benefits such as academic advice, financial aid, career counseling and peer support.” McPhee added that MTSU is the No. 1 choice of Tennessee veterans and, for the second year in a row, GI Jobs Magazine has named the University a “Military-Friendly Campus.” Kraft said this will be “a true partnership that’s going to allow us to provide better service to our veterans. … We’ll take this model and use it as an example to set up at other universities in Tennessee.” Heather Conrad, a Veterans Affairs counselor from Nashville, will work at MTSU starting April 2. Conrad’s role will be to provide on-campus services including but not limited to career counseling, vocational planning. She also will act as a liaison to help

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