Eastern Michigan University designated as a Military Spouse Friendly organization; adds to distinction of No. 3 in nation, No. 1 in Michigan as Military Friendly

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University has been designated as a Military Spouse Friendly school, one of nearly 200 universities and colleges listed this year across the United States by a veterans-oriented company, VIQTORY.

“This designation represents a collective effort from the entire administration, faculty and staff who continue to give great support to our student veterans and families,” said Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) Mike Wise, Assistant Director of Military and Veteran Services at Eastern. “EMU’s pledge to military and veteran students and their families is evidenced through its commitment to student veteran support, its establishment of a veteran support center and a 68-year commitment to its Army ROTC program.”

Eastern’s special veteran support center

EMU established its veteran support center in 2014 and later named it in honor of the late U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Charles S. Kettles, a Medal of Honor recipient and EMU alum. 

In 2015, the center expanded its services for veterans after EMU was awarded the TRIO-Veteran Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) Wayne Doyle directs the grant.

The Military Spouse Friendly listing continues a series of such designations for Eastern, which ranked third in the United States among large public universities in a recent Military Friendly Schools list and the top program in Michigan.

Lists serve as guide for families

The Military Friendly® lists note they seek to offer a guide for veterans and their families, using data and criteria, along with survey information from participating organizations. The list of schools can be found at the military friendly website.

The website says the survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm, Ernst & Young, and an advisory council of educators.

For more information on EMU’s Military and Veteran Services, visit the Lt. Col. Charles S. Kettles Military and Veteran Services Resource Center, which is located in 202 Pierce Hall or visit the Military and Veteran Services website.  

 About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves nearly 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

October 16, 2019

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