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ISU Named Military Friendly School by GI Jobs Magazine

September 29, 2014

GI Jobs Magazine has once again included Idaho State University on its list of Military-Friendly schools.
The list honors the top institutions in the nation that are doing the most to welcome and serve America’s veterans and their families. Services across Idaho State University were assessed, from veteran admission numbers to services offered at the Veterans Sanctuary.
The Veterans Sanctuary is a unique program at ISU that offers support for veterans returning to school. At the Sanctuary, student veterans and their families find an environment where they can be successful and feel at home, Sanctuary Director Todd Johnson said.
Through the program, veterans can find assistance with navigating through the world of academia, which can be very different from the structure of the military. The Sanctuary also offers tutoring and counseling opportunities, as well as a “career closet,” where students can find business attire for job interviews. ISU also has an active Armed Forces Veterans Club, which serves the social, emotional and academic needs of students and their families.
“We want to be advocates in any way we can,” Johnson said.
Recently, the Sanctuary adopted a support dog, a labradoodle named Hero, who is receiving specialized training to help veterans in recovery from a variety of issues.
Idaho State University is also involved in the Yellow Ribbon program, a scholarship program funded through the Veterans Administration program with matching funds from the University. The scholarship allows out-of-state veterans with GI benefits to attend school with in-state tuition.
“It is an honor to be recognized for the University’s dedicated effort in support of student service members/veterans and their families,” Johnson said. “ISU places great emphasis in providing dedicated services for the transition from military to academic life. Advocating for our veteran students’ personal and professional development is our first priority. The Military Friendly Schools designation is proof that we are on track with our mission.”


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