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CMU named Michigan Veteran Connector school

| Author: Aaron Mills

Central Michigan University has once again been named one of the top institutions for student veterans. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has certified CMU as one of the first Michigan Veteran Connectors for its role in supporting military veterans.

The purpose of the Connector initiative is to improve referral capabilities within communities in an effort to provide Michigan veterans with the best possible resources.

“We are so proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Duane Kleinhardt, director of CMU’s Veterans’ Resource Center. “CMU has long been committed to helping our military-affiliated students. This certification shows that we’re doing all the right things to serve these students and their families.”

The initiative is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Governor's Challenge, which looks at ways to reduce suicide in service members, veterans and their families. During the admissions process, Connector-certified institutions identify student veterans and ask, “Is there anything you would like us to know about your service?” From there, staff can refer veterans to resources ranging from employment and training services to education benefits for children and spouses to VA health care.

CMU is already certified through the MVAA’s Veteran-Friendly Schools initiative, which recognizes academic institutions committed to meeting the needs of veterans through supports such as a veteran-specific website, student veteran clubs and an on-campus veterans’ coordinator.

In 2021, CMU was recognized as the top university in Michigan for serving U.S. armed forces veterans by the independent magazine Military Times. CMU's ranking was not only the best in Michigan but also No. 2 in the Midwest and No. 8 in the country.

“CMU is honored and privileged to serve the individuals who have served and who continue to serve our nation,” said CMU President Bob Davies. “Through their military service, they have demonstrated courage, pride, grit, integrity and excellence. They exemplify CMU’s commitment to leadership and service, and they set a powerful example for others.”