Xavier officially opened its Center for Veterans Affairs on April 25 with a ceremony on the Academic Mall near Alter Hall. The event recognized the creation of the center and its work to provide access to education for military veterans at Xavier.
First opened in 2009 as a Veterans Affairs office, the program has been reorganized and expanded into a center that offers continuing support for veterans attending Xavier. There are currently about 125 veterans enrolled as undergraduate students or in graduate-level programs, and most are receiving their veterans benefits, including the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon programs.
The center, led by Marine Corps veteran Nathan Davis, provides support and resources to student-veterans while they are at Xavier and continues to provide networking and other support as they become alumni. The center is the place where veterans can go for information and guidance when they decide to enroll at Xavier. It offers a quiet space with computers where students can study and a lounge area where students can gather to meet and socialize with fellow veterans. Veterans have access to academic advisors and a licensed counselor on site.
Xavier has been recognized as a Military-Friendly School every year since the award was initiated in 2009 by G.I. Jobs magazine. With more than eight million active military and military veterans seeking a college education, the recognition highlights Xavier’s commitment to help them succeed. Part of that commitment is Xavier’s decision to become a Yellow Ribbon School and a member of the Servicemen’s Opportunities College Consortium. As a Yellow Ribbon School, Xavier agrees to cover the remaining cost of tuition for eligible veterans once their G.I. Bill benefits are exhausted. Eligible veterans also receive a monthly housing and book allowance.
The Veterans Administration Post 9/11 G.I. Bill provides financial support for education and housing to those with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or to individuals honorably discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill became effective in 2009 and is the most comprehensive education benefit package since the G.I. Bill of 1944. Private institutions such as Xavier can offer veterans a college education that is fully funded through G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program educational benefits. Veterans may also be able to transfer these benefits to their family members.
Xavier has offered military instruction on campus since 1877. Xavier’s Military Science/ ROTC program is nationally-recognized among the more than 270 ROTC programs nationwide and has earned numerous General MacArthur Awards in recognition of successful cadet training, performance and GPA.