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10 Ways Texas A&M Is Making A Difference In The Lives Of Veterans

November 7, 2017

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1. The Texas A&M Veteran Resource and Support Center (VSRC) helps vets transition to college life

The Veteran Resource & Support Center provides personalized and notable support to all Aggie student veterans and military affiliated dependents by identifying, developing, and delivering uniquely tailored resources and programs. In addition to these resources, the Veteran Resource & Support Center aims to provide a welcoming space, peer mentoring and tools to help student veterans succeed academically and personally.  Read more

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2. The Mays Business School hosts an annual Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans

This year’s program marks the 10th anniversary of EBV at Texas A&M. The new name – Reynolds and Reynolds Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Program – recognizes a $2 million dollar endowment provided by the Reynolds and Reynolds company to support EBV at Texas A&M. Read more

Texas university and state officials gather at the Texas State Capitol to announce the establishment of VETTED.

3. Texas A&M helps veterans transition into the workforce through ‘VETTED’

Texas A&M University’s military heritage, combined with its world-class business school, makes it the ideal place for today’s veterans to prepare for a career beyond the armed forces. Mays Business School’s Center for Executive Development is launching the Veteran Accelerated Management Program (VAMP) in partnership with the VETTED Foundation to help high-performance U.S. military veterans transition to the business world. Read more

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4. Texas A&M apparel helped raise money for wounded veterans

Operation Hat Trick (OHT), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting wounded U.S. combat veterans, recognized Texas A&M University’s efforts in aiding the recovery of wounded U.S. combat service members and veterans by naming the school the winner for its 2017 Excellence in Service Award. In recognition of the school’s impact, OHT will made a donation to Brazos Valley Cares on the University’s behalf. Read more

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5. The College of Veterinary Medicine provided free care to the PAWS Act author’s service dog

Cole Lyle, a 26-year-old veteran of the Afghanistan War, is working to combat the tragic effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition triggered by experiencing a terrifying event, such as war. With his service dog, Kaya, at his side, Lyle is working to pass legislation that would provide veterans with PTSD easier access to service dogs.

Despite Lyle’s busy schedule collaborating with members of Congress, Kaya’s care is still of utmost importance. In support of Lyle’s efforts to provide veterans with PTSD easier access to service dogs, the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) is providing Kaya’s care free of cost. Read more

Engineering professor Farzan Sasangohar watches as Vice President Mike Pence signs the helmet of a veteran cyclist. Sasangohar recently showed Hero Trak.

6. Veterans put Texas A&M-developed Hero Trak PTSD monitoring tech to use for Vice President Mike Pence

Dr. Farzan Sasangohar showed Hero Trak to Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, as well as Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin and Dr. Poonam Alaigh, the acting undersecretary of health for the Department of Veterans Affairs during the UnitedHealthcare Memorial Challenge event. Read more

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7. Texas A&M helped provide a veteran with funds to repair a flooded home

Soldier’s Wish, SUBWAY, the Texas A&M University Veteran Resource & Support Center (VRSC) teamed up to surprise an Afghanistan War veteran with $5,000 to Lowe’s to help rebuild his home, located in Hempstead. Read more

Students operate on dummies at a recent Tactical Combat Casualty Care course at Fort Hood.

8. A Texas A&M veteran led a combat casualty course at Fort Hood

For Tillman Scholar and veteran Andrew Fisher, his time at medical school is not just spent learning; he’s also sharing his knowledge with fellow medical students. As a physician assistant with the 75th Army Ranger Regiment, he participated in almost 600 combat missions and took care of more than 100 people at the point of injury. Read more

Team-based management, or holacracy, is becoming a popular trend in business.

9. A Texas A&M professor is researching if veterans are getting the most out of their education

Every year, the United States spends over $10 billion on education funding through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. But are these investments in education helping veterans in the labor market? That’s the question Andrew Barr, a professor from the Department of Economics, wants to answer. Read more

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10. Bush School students developed a mobile app to help vets stay on track in school

A team of Texas A&M University student researchers have developed a smart phone application concept to help Texas A&M veterans complete their education. The mobile app, Dogtags2Diploma, seeks to identify student veterans at risk of not successfully completing their academic program and provide access to campus and community resources. Read more

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