Florida A&M University in Tallahassee has announced plans to create a Department of Veteran Affairs within its Division of Student Affairs. The office is expected to be up and running during the 2014-15 academic year.
“The Department of Veteran Affairs will address the unique needs and challenges of veterans,” said vice president for student affairs William Hudson Jr. “We will identify, track and assist them with the application process and monitor their progression through graduation. The goal is to provide them with an opportunity to go to college and find employment.”
Joseph D. Kelly, professor of military science at the university, said, “More than 158,000 [Army and Marine] soldiers will be leaving the Armed Forces in the next few years. These soldiers will be looking for education and certification opportunities.”
There are currently 1.6 million veterans living in the state of Florida.