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College among top 15% of military friendly schools in U.S.

Veteran student receiving coin
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Director John Lee and President Ely thank a Green River veteran student and present him with a Challenge Coin at the fourth annual Veteran Coin Ceremony in June.


he fact that veterans and military students and families have been made a priority at Green River was confirmed last week when G.I. Jobs magazine named it among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the nation that do the most to ensure the success of service members, veterans and spouses.  The 1,739 institutions recognized on the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list include 28 Washington community and technical colleges.

"Green River is honored to receive this distinguished recognition in honor of our men and women returning home to our communities," said Vice President of Student Services Deb Casey.

Green River maintains a healthy array of supportive services and activities aimed at recognizing the contributions and ensuring the success of current and former military members within the campus community.  Recent efforts include a scholarship benefit breakfast organized this month by the Green River Foundation and the fourth annual Veteran Coin Ceremony held in June.  During the Coin Ceremony a Memorandum of Understanding recognizing Green River as a Veteran Supportive Campus was signed by Green River President Eileen Ely and Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Director John Lee.  These events have built upon previous efforts such as the erecting of the "Freedom Eagle" metal sculpture on campus in 2011.

"After enduring danger on the battlefield, many veterans find another perilous road facing them when they return home; acclimating to civilian life, transitioning back to family life, and working to reengage their vocational calling academically and professionally. Green River strives to create a sense of place and a welcoming environment for all military veterans and family members. The Military Friendly School recognition symbolizes GRCC's commitment to those who served," said Casey.

G.I. Jobs magazine compiled the list through research and data-driven analysis of surveys from more than 12,000 schools nationwide, along with a survey of more than 3,000 student veterans. The results were independently audited by national accounting firm Ernst & Young.

For a complete list of schools in Washington and across the nation, visit www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/mfslist.aspx.