Veterans Getting an Education Through

Military personnel have enjoyed a strong relationship with Lindenwood University for many years, thanks to a wide variety of programs the University offers to assist them with their educational goals. Current and former service members can now access even more resources thanks to the school’s Veterans Affairs Center, which opened in late 2012.

“It’s a one-stop shop where veterans and service members can get the answers they need in the manner they deserve,” said Jann Weitzel, PhD, vice president for academic affairs and provost. “It’s yet another way in which we honor our commitment to military personnel and thank them for choosing Lindenwood as their partner in education.”

Located in the lower level of the Spellmann Center on the St. Charles campus, the fully staffed facility serves as a place where military students can hold meetings, complete coursework, gain information about their academic status, receive assistance with financial aid and course selection processes, and interact with other military scholars with shared experiences.

“We also help our veteran students with their military education benefits, such as the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and federal and state tuition assistance,” said Donna Simms, director of veterans affairs at Lindenwood. “We help them with their applications, handle all the necessary correspondence, and generally serve as an advocate for them as they acclimate into the civilian academic setting.”

In addition to utilizing the center, veterans at Lindenwood are also invited to join the Student Veterans Organization, which fosters a sense of collaboration and helps military students form valuable relationships with one another. Military students can also learn more through the Veterans Center about two online degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts in general studies and a Master of Arts in leadership, which were created in 2013 in response to feedback provided by members of the Missouri National Guard, who requested them specifically.

For students who prefer traditional degree programs, the University plans to launch an orientation course to help ease the transition of veterans from warriors to scholars. The course will be offered at the beginning of the fall 2014 semester and will educate military students on key campus information and issues specific to military students.

Lindenwood’s Veterans Affairs Center serves military scholars from all branches of the United States Armed Forces. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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