The University of Michigan-Flint is part of the first wave of more than 40 colleges and universities committed to heightened support for current and future students who are military veterans through the "Got Your 6" campaign.
UM-Flint has recently signed a pledge to support the education pillar of the "Got Your Six" campaign by offering supportive veteran-specific resources, programs, and policies by June 2013. The campaign focuses on the six pillars of reintegration: Jobs, Education, Health, Housing, Family, and Leadership. Joining the Pat Tillman Foundation as major partners, Student Veterans of America and Operation College Promise are working together to offer peer support for veterans as they strive towards their higher education objectives.
A group of expert activation partners established a concrete set of tangible goals for each of the six pillars that can be identified, measured, and reported in quantifiable terms. Activation partners develop a plan to track progress toward the goals, establish a method to engage the general public, and formulate a strategy to utilize the resources of the campaign.
"Working together, the Pat Tillman Foundation and Student Veterans of American have selected a leading group of institutions that will make the commitment to the Got Your 6 education pillar, including the University of Michigan-Flint," said Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6. "It is our mission to ensure many more colleges and universities will join us in pledging to support our veterans which will have a lasting and positive effect not only on campuses, but in communities all across the country."
"UM-Flint is proud to again be in the forefront of increasing our commitment to student veterans," said Chancellor Ruth J. Person. "Our selection to the Got Your Six campaign validates the success of our past efforts to help veterans achieve their goals."
The "Got Your 6 Education Pillar: Transitioning through Education" works in coordination with Student Veterans of America, the Pat Tillman Foundation, and other partners to collect pledges from 500 colleges and universities and offer supportive veteran-specific resources, programs and policies by June 2014.
The Pat Tillman Foundation was formed following Pat's death in 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat's legacy and pay tribute to his commitment to leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation is a national leader in providing educational support and resources to veterans, active service members and their spouses. Since the Foundation's inception, over $5 million in educational support has been invested in individuals committed to a life of service both in an out of uniform, including over $3.2 million awarded to 230 Tillman Military Scholars nationwide. For more information, visit www.pattillmanfoundation.org.