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The University of Montana Western recognized as Military Friendly School

The University of Montana Western has been named as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.

As a military friendly university, G.I. Jobs recognizes Montana Western for offering exemplary programs services to military and veteran students. G.I. Jobs’ mission is to simplify the military transition experience using education and employment tools and resources to guide military members and veterans to a successful career.

“Montana Western has a rich tradition of supporting veterans, and we are very proud of our graduates who have served in the United States military,” said Interim Chancellor Roberta Evans. “Through our dedicated staff and Veterans Advisory Board, we have continually expanded services and created the VMX on campus. Our hope is that these projects send ongoing messages to our students who are veterans and their families that their sacrifices in support of our nation will never be taken lightly.”

Montana Western opened the doors of the Veterans and Military Exchange (VMX) in the fall of 2013. The VMX provides support and resources for current and past service members, their family and their advocates. 

The VMX offers access to computers, reintegration support and financial aid assistance along with other services. The center also brings together veterans and active duty military to create peer-to-peer support systems.

To qualify as a Military Friendly School, universities must accept the G.I. Bill. In addition to accepting G.I. Bill funds, Montana Western is part of the Yellow Ribbon program, which means tuition is waived that exceeds the amount covered by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. Montana Western also helps with the costs of attending college by offering scholarships and discounts to veterans and active service members.

UMW also offers credit for College Level Examination Program and Department of Defense DSST exams and military training and experience. 

“Montana Western would like to give special thanks to our director of financial aid Erica Jones, student success director Ilene Cohen and Veterans Board members Jed Fitch, Tom Straugh, Sandy McOsker, Wendy Dumke, Trent Gibson, Heather Haas, Mike Piazzola, and Susan Briggs,” said Evans.